The Contagion of Liberty, 1776–1804

Watson W. Jennison

in Cultivating Race

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134260
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135984 | DOI:
The Contagion of Liberty, 1776–1804

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The second chapter examines the impact of the American and Haitian revolutions on Georgia. The alliance between the British and slaves almost completely destroyed slavery during the American Revolution. Just as planters began the process of reestablishing the plantation regime, the events in St. Domingue disrupted the institution and influenced its development. The events in Haiti altered authorities' perceptions of people of African descent, both enslaved and free, and thus shaped decisions related to the slave order. In response to the Haitian Revolution, Georgia's authorities cracked down on arrivals of foreign people of color and enhanced the privileges of some native people of color.

Keywords: American revolution; Haitian revolution; slavery; free people of color; St. Domingue

Chapter.  21034 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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