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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 162–177.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Chris Bongie This essay provides an overview of Colin Dayan's work that attends, specifically, to her representations of slave law in Haiti, History, and the Gods and The Law Is a White Dog . It takes as its point of departure Dayan's indictment in the final chapter of Haiti, History, and the Gods...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 47–61.
Published: 01 March 2016
... that marks, inscribes, the groups that are to be exploited by different attributes, attributes which then become the condition of possibility of the varying forms of exploitation” (564). In her seminal study of West Indian slave laws, Elsa Goveia notes that “before slave laws could be made, it was necessary...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 193–199.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Colin Dayan This essay brings law more fully into the rituals of terror, the fictions of slavery that Brown portrays so powerfully in * The Reaper's Garden. * In tracking the ghost-ridden traces of persons and property, I consider how palpable and visible remain the deposits of slave history, how...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 154–167.
Published: 01 March 2012
... of what George Soros has called “free market fundamentalism.” The New Poor Law's role in the criminalization of poverty is widely acknowledged. So too was the emergent gospel of free trade strengthened by the British state's “disciplined” response to the Irish famine. Slave owner compensation also...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 100–122.
Published: 01 March 2023
... the latter, criminal law normalized the torture of enslaved bodies. 44 In the context of (Surinamese) slave society, Dutch criminal law (based on Roman law) in essence reproduced the figure of the citizen-owner-prosecutor-judge; criminal law granted the master “domestic jurisdiction” to “punish...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (1 (55)): 1–17.
Published: 01 March 2018
... and reproduction slave law heredity slave women Whereas some doubts have arisen whether children got by any Englishman upon a negro woman shall be slave or free, Be it therefore enacted and declared by this present grand assembly, that all children borne in this country shall be held bond or free only...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 53–66.
Published: 01 July 2020
... slavery in 1847. Nor is it well known that Sweden developed a corpus of Caribbean slave law, treating its enslaved population in ways similar to neighboring colonies. Saint-Barthélemy was not Sweden’s first attempt at overseas colonization. The best-known result of its colonial ambitions is New Sweden...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 108–122.
Published: 01 July 2013
... Caribbean slave law explicitly protected aboriginal Americans from enslavement. 36 When not viewed through the myopia of abolitionist historical simplifications, Caliban may be read as an antidote to the process by which metropolitan Britons wrote “Indians” out of Caribbean history...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 208–210.
Published: 01 July 2020
...) of the Lesser Antilles island Saint-Barthélemy (also known as St. Barths). He has published extensively on various aspects of Swedish Caribbean colonialism and is preparing a monograph on Swedish slave law and colonial justice. He is the initiator of the digitization of the Swedish Saint-Barthélemy archive...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (1 (67)): 55–68.
Published: 01 March 2022
... 10, no. 2 (2016): 27–47. 24 For enslaved people’s recourse to arguments that read “natural rights” onto legal rights, see Nicole N. Aljoe, “‘Going to Law’: Legal Discourse and Testimony in Early West Indian Slave Narratives,” Early American Literature 46, no. 2 (2011): 351–81. 25 Elsa...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 98–108.
Published: 01 July 2023
... languages, or “language residues,” well into the 1970s in Trinidad “exposes the over-emphasis in Caribbean social history of the notion that Africans were deprived of their languages by the harshness of slave laws and plantation owners.” 10 Despite the cruelty of the plantation system, Warner-Lewis...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 176–193.
Published: 01 July 2022
... elements that retrace to Roman canonical law, Dayan emphasizes Jean-Baptiste Colbert’s (its architect’s) consultations with “French colonial authorities” and his references to “local slave laws” extant in Saint-Domingue. That is, some of the Black Code’s sources were already part of the colonial...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 5–19.
Published: 01 March 2015
... in The Spirit of the Laws that “slavery is unnatural,” he was also quick to add that in certain countries of the world, slavery was “founded on a natural reason.” 17 By taking into account environmental factors, Montesquieu, who was also president of the parliament of the slave-trading port of Bordeaux...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 14–31.
Published: 01 October 2008
... and the rule of law, the article argues that the problem of popular insurgency is one way to link together analysis of past and present Haitian history and to focus on the role of the Haitian people in making that history. ©2008 Small Axe Incorporated. All rights reserved. 2008 Turning the Tide...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 17–34.
Published: 01 March 2019
...” action arrogates the power of law to make human life equivalent to chattel; equally miraculously, magically, immaterially, the poem will “re-transform” the African slaves—though perhaps not exactly “back into human,” as Philip writes above, but into ghosts who can speak. Philip’s alignment...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 138–151.
Published: 01 November 2014
... rituals of expulsion and dehumanization. By following three main groups of people who are both made into themselves and transformed into something else by/in lawslaves, criminals, and prisoners of war—she demonstrated that the work of servile law is to make and unmake persons, to create new classes...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 152–161.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of owning ever-subservient slaves settle for a masculine, assertive wife? If “natural” laws are crossed such that women can become men or men can “degenerate” into women, well, then, the imperial epistemology that strictly separates humans into two categories—those naturally dominated and those who...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 144–153.
Published: 01 March 2012
... to slaveholders, it further “legitimated slave-property 17 Richard Price, “One Big Thing: Britain, Its Empire, and Their Imperial Culture,” Journal of British Studies 45, no. 3 (2006): 626. 18 Diana Paton, No Bond but the Law: Punishment, Race, and Gender in Jamaican State Formation...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 1–17.
Published: 01 November 2014
... Watch's 2004 report Hated to Death . 21 All twelve anglophone Caribbean nations in the British Commonwealth have laws on the books criminalizing same-sex behaviors, in some cases with penalties such as flogging and incarceration. Even so, clear differences exist in the English-speaking Caribbean...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (1): 98–111.
Published: 01 March 2009
... suggest we understand Equiano’s autobiography as a mediation of the “global eighteenth century,” at the height of the British slave trade, antislavery movements, and revolutions in France and Saint-Domingue.1 In 1807, as Britain abolished the African slave trade in their empire...