Resurrecting Slavery

Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France

Crystal Marie Fleming
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Revealing how the histories of slavery and colonialism are being resurrected and racialized in France today

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How can politicians and ordinary citizens face the racial past in a country that frames itself as colorblind? In her timely and provocative book, Resurrecting Slavery, Crystal Fleming shows how people make sense of slavery in a nation where talking about race, colonialism, and slavery remains taboo. Noting how struggles over the meaning of racial history are informed by contemporary politics of race, she asks: What kinds of group identities are at stake today for activists and French people with ties to overseas territories where slavery took place?Fleming investigates the connections and disconnections that are made between racism, slavery, and colonialism in France. She provides historical context and examines how politicians and commemorative activists interpret the racial past and present. Resurrecting Slavery also includes in-depth interviews with French Caribbean migrants outside the commemorative movement to address the everyday racial politics of remembrance.Bringing a critical race perspective to the study of French racism, Fleming’s groundbreaking study provides a more nuanced understanding of race in France along with new ways of thinking about the global dimensions of slavery, anti-blackness, and white supremacy.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Racial Resurrections1. Slavery and the Construction of Race in France2. Blackwashing Slavery: The Racial Politics of Commemoration3. Activist Groups and Ethnoracial Boundaries4. Racial Temporality in Action5. “We Have a History”: Slavery and French Caribbean Identities6. Legacies7. ReparationsConclusion: Race-ing the Past and the PresentAppendix A: Respondents TableAppendix B: Interview QuestionsAppendix C: Methodological ReflectionsAppendix D: Recorded EventsNotesReferencesIndex