Thursday, Sep 9, 6-7:30 PM

Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisi ana with Sophie White

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Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Lo uisiana with Sophie White The Cabildo Greater New Orleans New Orleans Event Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021 Join us for an evening with Dr. Sophie White as she discusses her recent book, Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana (Omohundro I nstitute and the University of North Carolina Press, 2019), winner of th e Williams Prize in Louisiana History and the Frederick Douglass Prize for best book on slavery. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cab ildo as part of the Second Thursday Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program will take place on Zoom on Thursday, September 9, 2021, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. CDT. Please regi ster here: https://forms.gle/ad6CjtcWn1Mr78iu6 About the Book In eighteenth- century New Orleans, the legal testimony of some 150 enslaved women and m en-like the testimony of free colonists-was meticulously recorded and pres erved. Questioned in criminal trials as defendants, victims, and witness es about attacks, murders, robberies, and escapes, they answered with stories about themselves, stories that rebutted the premise on which slav ery was founded. Focusing on four especially dramatic court cases, Voices of the Enslaved draws us into Louisiana's courtrooms, prisons, courtyard s, plantations, bayous, and convents to understand how the enslaved vie wed and experienced their worlds. As they testified, these individuals ch arted their movement between West African, indigenous, and colonial cult ures; they pronounced their moral and religious values; and they registe red their responses to labor, to violence, and, above all, to the inti mate romantic and familial bonds they sought to create and protect. Their words-punctuated by the cadences of Creole and rich with metaphor-produced riveting autobiographical narratives as they veered from the questions po sed by interrogators. Carefully assessing what we can discover, what we mi ght guess, and what has been lost forever, Sophie White offers both a ri chly textured account of slavery in French Louisiana and a powerful medita tion on the limits and possibilities of the archive. About the Author Sophie White is professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame. S he is a historian of early America with an interdisciplinary focus on cult ural encounters between Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans and a commitment to Atlantic and global research perspectives. White has won 7 b ook prizes for Voices of the Enslaved. In addition, she is the author of Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians: Material Culture and Race in Colon ial Louisiana and co-editor of Hearing Enslaved Voices: African and Indian Slave Testimony in British and French America, 1700-1848.