Condorcet, Reflections on Black Slavery


Condorcet
Translated by George Tombs

In this stunning work from 1788, Nicolas de Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet speaks directly to readers today about the dignity and rights of black slaves held in servitude in the French colonies. He denounces the institution of slavery for tearing men, women and children from their families, depriving them of an education, and forcing them into cruel and degrading conditions. This edition includes a translation of Condorcet’s Five Memoirs on Public Education, from 1791, in which he advocates free and equal public education for all citiznes of France, including women and slaves. Condorcet is remembered today as a philosopher, mathematician and revolutionary defender of liberty and human rights. He dies in 1794, a victim of the French Reign of Terror.