A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution by Jeremy D. Popkin(auth.), Jurgen Buchenau(eds.)

By Jeremy D. Popkin(auth.), Jurgen Buchenau(eds.)

This publication deals scholars a concise and obviously written review of the occasions of the Haitian Revolution, from the slave rebellion within the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1791 to the assertion of Haiti’s independence in 1804.

  • Draws at the newest scholarship within the box in addition to the author’s unique research
  • Offers a invaluable source for these learning independence routine in Latin the USA, the background of the Atlantic global, the background of the African diaspora, and the age of the yankee and French revolutions
  • Written through a professional on either the French and Haitian revolutions to provide a balanced view
  • Presents a chronological, but thematic, account of the advanced old contexts that produced and formed the Haitian Revolution

Content:
Chapter 1 A Colonial Society in a progressive period (pages 10–34):
Chapter 2 The Uprisings, 1791–1793 (pages 35–61):
Chapter three Republican Emancipation in Saint?Domingue, 1793–1798 (pages 62–89):
Chapter four Toussaint Louverture in strength, 1798–1801 (pages 90–113):
Chapter five The fight for Independence, 1802–1806 (pages 114–140):
Chapter 6 Consolidating Independence in a antagonistic global (pages 141–166):

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Sailors on the French warship Leopard, stationed in SaintMarc’s harbor, however, mutinied in support of the assembly; they seized control of the ship and took eighty-five of the white colonists back to France, where they denounced the governor’s actions. Although the National Assembly sternly rebuked these “Leopardins” for undermining 30 A Colonial Society in a Revolutionary Era metropolitan authority, they were allowed to stay in France, where they joined the Club Massiac in denouncing the danger of allowing revolutionary principles to spread to the colonies.

Toussaint supposedly overheard whites discussing the idea and volunteered to act as their agent. No firm evidence has ever been found to confirm this story, but the notion that Toussaint might have recognized that he could exploit the whites’ idea and use it as an opportunity to launch a movement that would lead to freedom for the blacks fits well with the image of the future black leader as an unusually gifted politician who always saw further than his rivals. Whether or not they had white encouragement to start their uprising, however, it is clear that once the blacks failed to destroy the white government, and once their leader Boukman had been killed, the surviving black generals decided to try to reach an agreement with the colonial government to end the uprising.

Even as they bargained with the whites, however, Jean-François, Biassou, and Toussaint were aware that their followers might not accept such a settlement. When the white colonists rejected the black leaders’ proposals, the black generals responded by warning them that “A hundred thousand men are in arms . . and you will realize from that that we are entirely dependent on the general will, and what a will! That of a multitude of negroes from the Coast [of Africa] who barely know two words of French but who, however, in their country were accustomed to making war .

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