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Author Semley, Lorelle D., 1969- author.

Title To be free and French : citizenship in France's Atlantic empire / Lorelle Semley.

Published Cambridge Cambridge University Press, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  966.03 SEML    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxi, 362 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.
Series Critical perspectives on empire.
Critical perspectives on empire.
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface: Coincidental Crossings -- Part I: Revolutionary Foundations -- Prologue: Citizens of the World -- To Live and Die, Free and French -- Signares Before Citizens -- Part II: Colonial Constructions -- When Blacks Broke the Chains in the "Little Paris of the Antilles" -- The Trans-African Origins of Porto-Novo -- An "Evolution Revolution" in Paris -- Part III: Planning After Empire -- A More Perfect French Union -- Epilogue: The Art of Citizenship.
Summary "The Haitian Revolution may have galvanized subjects of French empire in the Americas and Africa struggling to define freedom and 'Frenchness' for themselves, but Lorelle Semley reveals that this event was just one moment in a longer struggle of women and men of colour for rights under the French colonial regime. Through political activism ranging from armed struggle to literary expression, these colonial subjects challenged and exploited promises in French republican rhetoric that should have contradicted the continued use of slavery in the Americas and the introduction of exploitative labour in the colonisation of Africa"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Blacks -- West Indies, French -- Politics and government.
Blacks -- Africa, West -- Politics and government.
Political activists -- West Indies, French -- History.
Political activists -- Africa, West -- History.
Citizenship -- West Indies, French -- History.
Citizenship -- Africa, West -- History.
France -- Colonies -- America -- Politics and government.
France -- Colonies -- Africa -- Politics and government.
West Indies, French -- Politics and government.
Africa, West -- Politics and government.
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