Cosmopolitan and Confined: New Orleans, Slavery, and the Age of Revolutions

The very heterogeneity and circulation so central to bondage in New Orleans was also the very thing that allowed enslaved people themselves to effect escapes and other forms of resistance.

Lecture Description

This talk uses the social and cultural history of the New Orleans jail in the early nineteenth century to explore a change over time story of that site, specifically its gradual shift from a diverse if dilapidated site that housed peoples of all backgrounds into a modern, segregated facility that reinforced emergent societal hierarchies of race, status, and gender.

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Slavery South

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