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L'abbé Grégoire, son legs : six concours pour la liberté et l'égalité

Authors
Journal
Revue française d histoire d outre-mer
0300-9513
Publisher
PERSEE Program
Publication Date
Volume
87
Issue
328
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/outre.2000.3809
Keywords
  • The Grégoire Award
  • Despotism
  • Discrimination Based On Color
  • Slavery
  • Despotisme
  • Préjugé De Couleur
  • Esclavage.
  • Prix Grégoire

Abstract

Gregoire's last will and testament called for the organization of six awards to be granted on the basis of written competitions on subjects that included reflections upon despotism, slavery, liberties, and equality, the themes of the struggles that had engaged Gregoire. Although the quality of the essays that resulted were not up to the level that the abbot had no doubt hoped for, the competition relative to the means of fighting the prejudice of color was the occasion to open a large debate and to launch the French abolitionist movement.

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