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Living in Long Shadows

Title: Living in Long Shadows: Reactions in New Orleans to French Emancipation, 1804-1876.
Name(s): Kocher, Taylor Nicole, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2017-04-28
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Nineteenth-century America is often reduced in our minds to little more than the Civil War, glossing over one of the most transformative periods in American history. Cities and communities nationwide, though particularly those in the South, saw recurrent conflict and revolt for decades before and after the war. New Orleans, itself heavily dependent upon the institution of slavery, is unique as it was affected by tensions rising not only in the United States, but elsewhere in the world. Newspapers served as major sources of information throughout the nineteenth century, and Louisianans’ reactions (or in some cases, the lack of a reaction) to pivotal events in the history of slavery speaks volumes. This project examines the responses of New Orleanians to Southern slave revolts and the tumultuous emancipation of French colonial slaves through the analysis of newspaper reports and personal accounts. To better understand these reactions, it is critical to recognize the dramatic effects the slave rebellion in the former French colony of Saint-Domingue from 1791 to 1804 had on the residents of New Orleans. The city itself remains ripe with French influence long after its time as French territory, and the memory of its slaveholding past is still palpable from the banks of the Mississippi River through the French Quarter and beyond. This project serves as a lens for the connection of Caribbean, European, and American history through the happenings in one location and reflecting Southern opinions on the Atlantic world from the Haitian Revolution to Reconstruction. The paranoia-ridden Southern mindset, constantly overshadowed by the fear of similar slave rebellions to those in Haiti, influenced not only the development of Louisiana and the rest of the United States, but the ways in which the history of slavery is studied and represented.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1493406745 (IID)
Keywords: Emancipation, Slavery, New Orleans
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Kocher, T. N. (2017). Living in Long Shadows: Reactions in New Orleans to French Emancipation, 1804-1876. Retrieved from