- The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South
- Literary and Textual Histories of the Native South
- Before Hypodescent: Whitening Equations in South America and the American South
- The Dying Confession of Joseph Hare: Transatlantic Highwaymen and Southern Outlaws in the Antebellum South
- Jackson’s Villes, Squares, and Frontiers of Democracy
- Locality and the Serial South
- The Long Shadow of Torture in the American South
- Masculine Sentiment, Racial Fetishism, and Same-Sex Desire in Antebellum Southern Literature
- Southern Affects: Field and Feeling in a Skeptical Age
- Not-So-Still Waters: Travelers to Florida and the Tropical Sublime
- Indian Knives and Color Lines: Mark Twain from Hannibal to the Jim Crow Raj
- Narrative and Counternarrative in <i>The Leopard’s Spots</i> and <i>The Marrow of Tradition</i>
- The Bright Side: African American Women and the Affective Archive of Southern Racial Uplift
- “Proffered for Your Perusal in Ring by Concentric Ring”: The South and the World in William Faulkner’s Fiction
- Richard Weaver, Lillian Smith, the South, and the World
- Arts of Abjection in James Agee, Walker Evans, and Luis Buñuel
- Tennessee Williams and the Burden of Southern Sexuality Studies
- Reimagining the South of Richard Wright: The Anti-Protest Writing of Albert Murray, Raymond Andrews, and Ernest Gaines
- Letter-Writing, Authorship, and Southern Women Modernists
- Nature and Spirituality in Contemporary Appalachian Poetry
- Southern Religion’s Sexual Charge and the National Imagination
- Their Confederate Kinfolk: African Americans’ Interracial Family Histories
- Mourning, Mockery, and the Post-South in Lars von Trier’s <i>Manderlay</i> and Geraldine Brooks’s <i>March</i>
- Made Things: Structuring Modernity in Southern Poetry
- Four Contemporary Latina/o Writers Ghost the U.S. South
- You Don’t Have to Be Born There: Immigration and Contemporary Fiction of the U.S. South
- Asian Americans, Racial Latency, Southern Traces
- The Woundedness of Southern Literature, Looking Away
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter traces the diverse meanings that contemporaries and later generations attached to atrocities upon slaves revealed in New Orleans in 1834 and allegedly perpetuated by Delphine Lalaurie. For abolitionists, Lalaurie’s atrocities exposed the immorality of slavery, in particular the utter absence of legal constraints on slave masters. For defenders of the institution of slavery, Lalaurie’s forced exile from Louisiana demonstrated the compassion of a slaveholding community for its human chattel. After the Civil War, despite a poignant and provocative essay by George Washington Cable, the legend of Madame Lalaurie evolved into an isolated act of a depraved woman that contributed to the exoticism and romance of the French Quarter.
W. Fitzhugh Brundage is the William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He has written on lynching, utopian socialism, and African Americans and popular culture. His most recent book is The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory. He currently completing a history of torture in the United States from De Soto to George W. Bush.
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