Equal rights and individual freedom: Enlightenment intellectuals and the lascasian apology for black african slavery

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Juan Antonio Llorente's edition of Bartolomé de Las Casas's writings, Colección de las obras del venerable Obispo de Chiapa, Don Bartolome de las Casas, defensor de la libertad de los Americanos, illustrates how Las Casas was perceived and condemned in the early decades of the nineteenth century. In this article, I seek to explain why and in what ways Bartolomé de Las Casas's early propositions on African slavery played a fundamental role in Juan Antonio Llorente's edition of Colección, an ambitious editorial work that involved much more than selection, editing, and publication. By approaching the Colección's production and reception from the perspective of book history, I explore how Llorente's Colección reflects the role that colonial affairs and race had in the challenges faced by European rule and white hegemony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-291
Number of pages13
JournalRomance Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Bartolomé de las Casas
  • Black slavery
  • Henri Grégoire
  • Juan Antonio Llorente

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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