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Buy and Download Description Free coloreds from the French Caribbean entertained an altogether different relationship to France and to the revolutionary principles of freedom and equality than did the Martinican slaves. While the slaves — united as a black nationhood — demanded the return of their natural and God-given right to freedom, the free people of color based their demands for equality on their filial relationship to France. Voicing the demands of their social group from the political and social margins of French colonial society, free coloreds appropriated the egalitarian principles of the Revolution to claim their due rights as French citizens. The affirmation of their racial heritage and class status within colonial society became the cornerstone of their combat against racism, violence, and exclusion from the newly born body of free French citizens. On the grounds of their racial kinship with the French and of their considerable wealth as members of the plantation and slaveholding class of the colony, they demanded the right to political representation in the legislative assemblies. Since they were opposed by a powerful lobby of white colonial planters, however, it took several years of petitioning and of violent outbreaks between free coloreds, whites, and slaves before people of color were finally granted equality by the First French Republic. Positioned as powerful economic competitors, they dangerously shook the supremacy of white colonial power. Equality was accorded as a last resort against the unleashed furor of slave revolts sweeping Saint Domingue and other parts of the Caribbean. Free coloreds from the French Caribbean entertained an altogether different relationship to France and to the revolutionary principles of freedom and equality than did the Martinican slaves. While the slaves — united as a black nationhood — demand
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