A Poet in the Midst of Insurrection: “Mon Odyssée”

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:
A Poet in the Midst of Insurrection: “Mon Odyssée”

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This chapter presents an excerpt from a personal account of the Haitian revolution presented in a poetic form. This account by an unknown author describes his family's return to Haiti on the day before the outbreak of the August 1791 slave insurrection. He joined the white forces, participated in the fighting until after the burning of Cap Francais and became a refugee in the U.S. This account shows the artfulness that can be woven into first-person narration raises questions about its truthfulness and trustworthiness.

Keywords: Haitian revolution; slave insurrection; white forces; burning of Cap Francais; refugee; U.S; first-person narration

Chapter.  14162 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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