Lumières et esclavages

When the general public thinks of the Enlightenment, they often imagine it as the source of the liberating ideas of les droits de l’homme. In this classic view, there is a direct line between the development of Enlightenment thinking in the middle of the eighteenth century and the explosion of revolutionary attitudes at the century’s end..... Such a view of the Enlightenment and slavery is too one-dimensional, however, as David Brion Davis has made clear.