Slaves… Not Even Promises


Back in 1724, in an attempt to “regulate” relationships between slaves and colonists, Louisiana enacted new rules. These rules were based on those created about forty years earlier for French Caribbean slaves. Article XXII of The Black Code of Louisiana, informs everyone that slaves have no right to own property and if they obtain it, through hard work or as a gift, it is not theirs but belongs to their “masters.” Article XXII makes it very clear. It even mentions promises. In other words, if an enslaved man made a promise to someone, it was null and void. The Louisiana Code noir was in effect until the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Suellen Ocean is the author of the series, Civil War Era Romances. Available here:

Book One, Black Pansy:

Book Two, Blue Violet:

Butterfly BLUE VIOLET Front Cover


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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