In 1857, Alexina Morrison sued her master James White in the Jefferson Parish courts in Louisiana. She claimed to have been kidnapped from Arkansas and illegally enslaved by James White. Historians have argued that Morrison's case is representative of antebellum racial ideology and argue that it exemplifies the complexities in racial identification of the time. This thesis will acknowledge and build upon these conclusions, and seek to fit the case into the specific historical context of the period. Through an analysis of New Orleans as a city, and through the comparison of Morrison's case to that of Sally Miller and Abby Guy, this work seeks to provide a deeper analysis to the current historiography. The multicultural history of Louisiana provided flexible channels to freedom by slaves, as the structures of race and power were malleable. Examining the specifics of these three freedom suits simultaneously, adds another level of interpretation to the historiography.


Sene, Ibra




Cultural History | History of Gender | Legal | Women's History


Freedom Suits, Racial Identification

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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