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Fathers, Daughters, and SlavesWomen Writers and French Colonial Slavery$
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Doris Y. Kadish

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318467

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317828

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Uniting Black and White Families: Sophie Doin

Uniting Black and White Families: Sophie Doin

(p.127) 5 Uniting Black and White Families: Sophie Doin
Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Sophie Elisabeth Doin, an abolitionist writer who upheld the cause of the downtrodden, including blacks, throughout her life. It examines how she maintains the delicate balance between submission and resistance in her autobiographical writings and within the corpus of her abolitionist works, from La Famille noire to Noire et blanc, Blanche et noir, and Le Négrier. At the heart of these writings is the theme of the unity of families that parallels and represents France's public recognition of Haiti's independence and the friendship, filiation, and loyalty that presumably united the two countries. The chapter considers how Doin's inability to fully escape paternal authority undermines her depiction of unified families and political solutions in her fictional works. It also looks at the painting Serment des ancêtres by the Guadeloupian artist Guillaume Guillon-Lethière and L'Histoire de la catastrophe de Saint-Domingue by Juste Chanlatte. The chapter argues that Doin's reliance on Chanlatte's non-white perspective on abolition is reminiscent of the unity of blacks and whites in her fiction.

Keywords:   Sophie Elisabeth Doin, blacks, unity, France, Haiti, paternal authority, Guillaume Guillon-Lethière, Saint-Domingue, Juste Chanlatte, abolition

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