Brent Hayes Edwards

Brent Hayes Edwards teaches at Columbia University and is a co-editor of the journal Social Text.

Inside the Barrel: The French Slave Trade

Brent Hayes Edwards, 10 September 2009

In May 2001, the French National Assembly passed a law, the Loi Taubira (named after Christiane Taubira, the Socialist deputy who sponsored the bill), recognising the Atlantic slave trade as a ‘crime against humanity’. France is, as a result, the only country in the world that has condemned slavery in the name of human rights. The law was controversial not only for its seeming...

In​ L’Age d’homme, his early excursion into autobiography, Michel Leiris recalls his mother warning him to beware of ‘bad people’ in the Bois de Boulogne. He imagined...

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