*Signa Daum Shanks of Osgoode Hall Law School has posted "A Story of Marguerite: A Tale About Panis, Case Comment, and Social History" on SSRN. The article is published in Native Studies Review, 22(1-2).
Those interested in social history contend that social norms deserve attention due to how they impact and are affected by historical events. This subfield has contributed significantly to how larger historical mosaics are understood, and how themes specific to marginalized groups are appreciated today. By presenting the story of an Indigenous woman in New France, and focusing on her representation in the colonial legal system, a number of themes emerge. Canada’s history of slavery becomes better understood, and in so doing, a challenge to social historians is presented. By examining the legal procedure applied to an Indigenous litigant’s circumstances, and then dissecting the events that followed, the strength of social norms during her time is appreciated more fully. Integrating an era’s legal doctrine into historical analysis augments the social historian’s search for society influence on the individual in history.
* Professor Daum Shanks provided a correction to my original post, which said the article was published in 2013. In fact, it was published a few months ago, but the volume is dated 2013.