Le combat de Victor Schoelcher contre la légalité de l'esclavage : l'abolition de 1848

Abstract : How has the French State been able to maintain slavery for more than fifty years after the Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen of 1789? The slave was considered, in a legal scope, not as a person but as a « movable », he was considered as an object that could be bought, sold, mutilated and tortured! Abolished for the first time in 1794, reinstated in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, slavery would definitively disappear in France only in 1848, thanks to Victor Schoelcher's (1804-1893) decisive action. This great humanist, by a tireless fight, managed to impose an immediate abolition – and not a progressive one as in Britain – showing that if this institution was certainly legal, it was nonetheless inhumane and illegitimate.
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Anne Girollet. Le combat de Victor Schoelcher contre la légalité de l'esclavage : l'abolition de 1848. Mémoires de l'Académie des sciences, arts et belles-lettres de Dijon, Académie des sciences, arts et belles-lettres (Dijon), 2009, 142, p. 247-259. ⟨hal-00461919⟩

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