Becoming a Slavemaster

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:
Becoming a Slavemaster

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This chapter presents an excerpt from a first-person narrative about the Haitian revolution. This manuscript consists of detailed advice for the running of plantations devoted to the various crops that had been grown in Saint-Domingue before the revolution and stories about the unnamed author's life before and during the revolutionary years. It discusses the process by which newly arrived whites from France learned to play their roles in the colonial system and provides a full description of a major atrocity committed by whites against people of color.

Keywords: Haitian revolution; first-person narrative; plantations; Saint-Domingue; whites; France; colonial systems; people of color; atrocity

Chapter.  2965 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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