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The Ogé Insurrection

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/9780226675855.003.0003
The Ogé Insurrection

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This chapter presents an excerpt from a first-person narrative which is about the role of Vincent Oge, a free man of color, in the Haitian revolution. It discusses Oge's organization of a short-lived uprising of the free-colored population of Saint-Domingue in October 1790 when the white colonists persisted in excluding free men of color from political participation. This personal account suggests that Oge's insurrection was not directed against the institution of slavery but it was the first armed protest movement against the colonial racial order to appeal explicitly to the principles of liberty and equality proclaimed by the French National Assembly.

Keywords: Vincent Oge; Haitian revolution; Saint-Domingue; men of color; political participation; insurrection; slavery; armed protest; colonial racial order; French National Assembly

Chapter.  2492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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