[Paris], 1789. 16pp. Modern marbled boards, gilt leather spine label, edges stained red. Small manuscript annotation in upper right of titlepage, a couple of light and unobtrusive fox marks. Near fine. A brief relation of negotiations in 1789 between white and free black inhabitants of French American colonies. Although the free blacks were excluded from voting and therefore from being represented in government assemblies, they gathered to assert their claim to citizenship and representation in light of the revolutionary political climate and the recent adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens by the French National Assembly, which embraced freedom and equality before the law. Communication between the black and white assemblies was mediated by politician Étienne de Joly, the secretary of the recently formed Paris Commune. This report prints an address from Joly to the white colonists asking them to consider the, and, after their refusal to come to terms, the resolution of the black assembly to continue to press for their rights. A scarce document demonstrating the effect of the French Revolution on colonial politics. Not in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and only five copies recorded in American institutions according to OCLC. BISSAINTHE 5767. OCLC 25736354. (Inventory #: WRCAM51865)
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