This fascinating study offers:
• an examination of the complex French, Spanish, Roman and American heritage of Louisiana’s law of slavery and its codification
• a trailblazing study of the unwritten laws of slavery and the legal impact of customs and practices developing outside of the Codes
• an analysis that overturns the previous scholarly view that Roman law was the model for the Code Noir (1685)
• a new unabridged translation (by Palmer) of the revised Code Noir (1724) with the original French text on facing pages.