The One-Drop Rule in Reverse? Interracial Marriages in Napoleonic and Restoration France

October 2009
Law & History Review;Fall2009, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p515
Academic Journal
The article discusses the legal and social aspects of early 18th century French laws banning interracial marriages. It describes an 1803 ministerial decree based upon a 1778 royal edict that banned civil marriages between blacks and whites, the relation of the ban to the revival of French slavery, and the legal petitions brought before administrative courts that ask for special marriage dispensations. Other subjects under discussion include the size of the French mulatto population, the legal and social notions of French citizenship, and race relations.


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