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From Saint-Domingue to Haiti: Eyewitness Narratives of the Haitian Revolution

in Facing Racial Revolution

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226675824
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226675855 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226675855.003.0001
From Saint-Domingue to Haiti: Eyewitness Narratives of the Haitian Revolution

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is first-person narratives of the Haitian insurrection of 1791–1804. Nearly all the authors represented here who wrote about events in the early years of the insurrection indicate either that they or their families owned plantations and, thus, presumably, slaves before 1791 or that they managed plantations for someone else; they were, thus, solidly integrated into colonial society and directly affected by the challenge to its principal institution. All these first-person accounts also describe incidents too insignificant or too private to have left documentary traces: intimate conversations, adventures with no witnesses, and the inner thoughts of the authors.

Keywords: Haitian insurrection; first-person narratives; slaves; colonial society; plantations

Chapter.  15898 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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