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Voices of the Enslaved

Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana

Sophie White

Cloth: 978-1-4696-5404-1 ($32.50)
Paper: 978-1-4696-6626-6 ($29.95)

Copyright 2019
University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  • Frederick Douglas Book Prize, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University (2020)
  • James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History, American Historical Association (2020)
  • Co-winner, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn Prize for Outstanding Book on Gender and Sexuality, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Disapora (2020)
  • Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Book Prize in French Colonial History, French Colonial Historical Society (2020)
  • Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History, Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Historical Association (2019)
  • Co-winner, Summerlee Book Prize, Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf South at Lamar Univeristy (2020)
  • Honorable Mention, Merle Curti Social History Book Award, Organization of American Historians (2020)
  • Shortlisted, Kenshur Prize for Best Book in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2020)
  • Finalist, Sterling Stucky Book Prize, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (2020)


"This meticulously researched and lyrically written study offers a road map through the archives and a reconceptualization of the autobiography of the enslaved in the Atlantic world. Sophie White's interpretive strategies wrest a vibrant and complex history of slavery from testimony, court proceedings, and the voices of the enslaved themselves. A genre-busting book."

--Jennifer L. Morgan, New York University