The First Days of the Slave 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:
The First Days of the Slave Insurrection

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This chapter presents an excerpt from a first-person account of the first days of the Haitian revolution on August 22–23, 1791. The author was taken prisoner on the first night of the uprising and owed his life to the intervention of Dutty Boukman, the first leader of the movement. His account describes not only of the violence committed against whites, but also of the reprisals by whites against the other racial groups in the French colony.

Keywords: Haitian revolution; prisoner; Dutty Boukman; violence against whites; racial groups; French colony

Chapter.  4243 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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