Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Comparative Slave Law in the Americas

April 14th, 2016
6:00 PM

Location Room 110, John Giffen Weinmann Hall
Tulane Law School

Ariela Gross, John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History and Co-Director of the Center for Law History and Culture, University of Southern California and Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies, and Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, present a paper titled “Comparative Slave Law in the Americas.”

The lecture examines their new research project on the comparative history of slave law focusing on Virginia, Louisiana, and Cuba which enables them to explore similarities and differences between English, French and Spanish legal systems. Early comparative work on race and slavery drew heavily on law to draw sharp contrasts between U.S. and Latin American slavery, emphasizing the relative harshness of U.S. slave law. That view has been challenged over time, and more recently, legal historians have begun to explore law ‘€œfrom the bottom up‘€ – slaves‘€™ claims in court, trial-level adjudications, and interactions among ordinary people and low-level government officials. Gross and Fuente will talk about how their research changes our view of slave law.

A reception will follow the talk.

For more information contact Kimberly Smith (

Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane School of Law, and the History Department.
See the event flyer here.

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