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FEL-273714-21Research Programs: FellowshipsLorelle Denise SemleyBordeaux, Forgotten Black Metropolis: A French Port City since the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade1/1/2022 - 7/31/2022$35,000.00LorelleDeniseSemley   College of the Holy CrossWorcesterMA01610-2395USA2020European HistoryFellowshipsResearch Programs350000350000

Research and writing leading to a book on the transatlantic history of Bordeaux’s former slave population and the transnational community of people of color from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

"Bordeaux, Forgotten Black Metropolis" examines how people of color in Bordeaux, France, formed a unique transnational community during the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. Bordeaux is an architecturally rich city that drew its wealth from its vigorous role in the Atlantic slave trade. However, my research reveals diverse and changing positions that people of color played in the city and surrounding countryside. Tracing the ongoing and shifting economic and familial ties to the Antilles, West Africa, North America, and other parts of Europe reveals the stories of ordinary enslaved and free women, men, and families of color as they have rarely appeared in Atlantic history – as a force in the history of a French city, the nation, and its empire.