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1140 RUE ROYALE A presentation by Elizabeth Tramonti
THE STORY NOTES At the time, a Creole is anyone who is born within the city and its environs, except indigenous peoples
THE FIRE ITSELF v Occurred April 10, 1834 v April 11 Bee reported seven slaves found “suspended by the neck with their limbs stretched and torn from one extremity to the other. ”
THE EFFECT ON THE LALAURIES The Lalauries were shunned from France to New Orleans and ignored, their reputation completely ruined. This is a dismal prospect for any sort of socialite.
FIRST THEORY FOR Madame Lalaurie’s mother had been killed in a slave uprising FICTION
SECOND THEORY FOR Madame Lalaurie was acutely embarrassed that her family members engaged in keeping “colored” mistresses. FICTION
THIRD THEORY AGAINST Madame Lalaurie’s son had a crippling back problem and the screams issuing from the attic were his as Lalaurie attempted to fix the problem. POSSIBLE
FOURTH THEORY AGAINST She emancipated some of her slaves. FACT
FIFTH THEORY FOR Madame Lalaurie was investigated by the courts for cruelty to her slaves. FACT
SIXTH THEORY AGAINST Dr Lalaurie was an active participant, using these crimes perhaps to further his research on back problems. FICTION
RELEVANT INFORMATION TO DRAWING A CONCLUSION v Madame Lalaurie had been married to a slave trader at one point. v Slave abuse was common v Madame Lalaurie lived in a culture in which slaves were often beaten for silly things. v She had already been condemned for the treatment of at the time, even more so her slaves before this fire for women than men. occurred.
CONCLUSION Madame Lalaurie probably believed she was acting completely appropriately towards her own slaves.
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