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Enslaved by the Church, Sold for the Republic: The Untold Story of the Men, Women, and Children Sold as “National Property” During the French Revolution

November 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Free

Please join us for the first meeting of the University History Institute’s 2020-2021 virtual Evenings with History lecture series:

Enslaved by the Church, Sold for the Republic: The Untold Story of the Men, Women, and Children Sold as “National Property” During the French Revolution

Dr. Nathan Marvin, Assistant Professor of History, UA Little Rock

Tuesday, 17 November, 2020 at 7:30 pm (online via Zoom)

You will be invited to follow along from home on a companion website for Dr. Marvin’s project, featuring interactive maps and archival documents.

To attend, please register (for free) at https://ualr-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuduGgrD8rGtR4-O8GjWPX6lniUQdHKH7c. A Zoom link for the event will be provided upon registration.

Abstract:

By the outbreak of the French Revolution, the Catholic Church owned thousands of slaves across France’s colonial empire. What happened to these men, women, and children when the National Assembly placed all Church property “at the disposition of the nation” in 1789? This presentation brings to light new evidence from Réunion Island to show how the First French Republic profited directly from the seizure and sale of hundreds of human beings on the eve of its abolition decree of 1794. It also contextualizes that tragic story within the longer history of slaveholding by the Catholic Church throughout the world.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Michael Heil at mwheil@ualr.edu.

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