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WINNER OF THE CARIBBEAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION'S 2007 FRANTZ FANON PRIZE FOR awesome paintings IN CARIBBEAN THOUGHT

Why do the folks of the French Caribbean nonetheless stay haunted by means of the reminiscence in their slave prior a couple of hundred and fifty years after the abolition of slavery? What technique resulted in the divorce in their collective reminiscence of slavery and emancipation from France's portrayal of those ancient phenomena? How are Martinicans and Guadeloupeans at the present time remodeling the silences of the previous into historic and cultural manifestations rooted within the Caribbean? This booklet solutions those questions by way of pertaining to the 1998 controversy surrounding the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of France's abolition of slavery to the interval of the slave regime spanning the past due Enlightenment and the French Revolution. by means of evaluating a range of documents-including letters by way of slaves, loose humans of colour, and planters, in addition to writings via the philosophes, royal decrees, and courtroom cases-the writer untangles the complicated forces of the slave regime that experience formed collective reminiscence. the present nationalization of the reminiscence of slavery in France has grew to become those as soon as peripheral claims into passionate political and cultural debates.

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