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Introduction

Sue Peabody

in ‘There Are No Slaves in France’

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780195101980
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101980.003.0001
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In this work, the author presents the origins, manifestations, and consequences of France's “Freedom Principle” — the notion that any slave who sets foot on French soil becomes free — during a period when France was becoming involved in the Atlantic slave system and developing a radical new political discourse based on notions of freedom, equality, and citizenship. One of the key themes of this work is that France's commitment to the Freedom Principle, the notion that “There are no slaves in France,” yielded two responses. One is the liberal notion of individual or human rights and the second response is the formulation of conservative ideologies that validate hierarchy and the status quo.

Keywords: Freedom Principle; France; freedom; equality; citizenship; human rights

Chapter.  3093 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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