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Erosion of the <i>Police des Noirs</i>

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/9780195101980.003.0009
Erosion of the Police des Noirs

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Police des Noirs ran into obstacles and hurdles as soon as it was signed into law. Le Moyne, commander of the marine in Bordeaux, challenged the fundamental basis of the law: the exclusion of individuals from France on the basis of race. He objected to the way that the Police des Noirs lumped together blacks free by birth, freedmen, and slaves, without regard to skin color. Le Moyne drew attention to the fact that many now owned property in Europe, sending their children to France to be educated. In response to Le Moyne's suggestions for improving the law, Chardon kindly but strongly turned down the commander's proposals, reminding him that all of its provisions must be stringently enforced.

Keywords: Police des Noirs; Le Moyne; Chardon; blacks; skin color; France

Chapter.  6595 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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