Chambre des Pairs. Séance du 6 mai 1826. Rapport fait à la Chambre par M. le Comte de Cornet sur la pétition de trois hommes de couleur de la Martinique. Mathieu-Augustin, AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY, LITERATURE - CARIBBEAN.

Chambre des Pairs. Séance du 6 mai 1826. Rapport fait à la Chambre par M. le Comte de Cornet sur la pétition de trois hommes de couleur de la Martinique

Paris? 1826. First Edition. One of the last addresses delivered by the French liberal politican and member of the Chambre des Pairs, the High Court of the French government from 1814 through the fall of the July Monarchy in 1848. Cornet here argues that three black men from Martinique, Jean-Baptiste Volny, Cyrille Bisset (Bissette), and Louis Fabien, who had been brought to France to be tried, had all received life sentences of hard labor due to racial prejudice rather than a just court, the men having "experienced...not only the greatest severity of the laws enforced in that colony, but also that due to the difference in color, their attempts to assure their personal safety have inspired much fear in the white colonists as well as their leaders" (p. [1], our translation). Volny, Bissette, and Fabien, three freedmen, had had their properties confiscated after being found guilty by the royal tribunal in Martinique in 1824 of an attempt to overthrow the colonial government after Bissette circulated a pamphlet highly critical of the civil and political order in the French colonies, claiming the unfair treatment of people of color. Thanks to Cornet's efforts, the sentence would be overturned in 1827, though Bissette would be banished from Martinique. He would remain in Paris, where he worked diligently for the abolitionist movement, founding the journal the "Revues des Colonies" in 1834, and serving on the French National Assembly from 1848 to 1851. (See Gesine Müller, "Crossroads of Colonial Culture" (2018), p. 45.) Not found in OCLC, KVK, or COPAC as of May, 2019, though we note a holding at the BNF. 12mo (19.5cm.); recent papier-peint boards, gilt-lettered spine; 10pp. Brief scuffing to board extremities, new endpapers, else Fine. "Impressions No. 97."

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