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The American South and the Atlantic World$
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Brian Ward, Martyn Bone, and William A. Link

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044378

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044378.001.0001

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The Case of Jean Baptiste, un Créole de Saint-Domingue

The Case of Jean Baptiste, un Créole de Saint-Domingue

Narrating Slavery, Freedom, and the Haitian Revolution in Baltimore City

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The American South and the Atlantic World

Martha S. Jones

University Press of Florida

This chapter uses the story of Haitian slave Jean Baptiste to illustrate how competing legal systems in the New World, and even within the North American mainland, profoundly affected the lives of those who lived there, free and unfree. By analyzing Baptiste’s travails in Port-au-Prince, New York, Baltimore, and New Orleans in the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution, it reveals the importance of rival legal codes, themselves connected to competing imperial and national jurisdictions, in defining slavery and race relations in the American South and the Atlantic World.

Keywords:   Atlantic World, American South, slavery, law, Haiti, Haitian Revolution, Baltimore, New Orleans, Jean Baptiste

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