Masters and Their Slaves during the 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:
Masters and Their Slaves during the Insurrection

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This chapter presents an excerpt from white plantation owner Pierre Joseph Fondeviolle's account of the relationship between masters and slaves during the early stages of the Haitian revolution. This narrative describes the shock that slaveowners experienced when they saw their former slaves armed and being treated with respect by the white authorities. Fondeviolle suggested that the loyalty of some slaves shows that their treatment was not as harsh as critics insisted. He also argued for the necessity of restoring a reformed version of slavery in Saint-Domingue.

Keywords: Pierre Joseph Fondeviolle; masters and slaves; Haitian revolution; slavery; Saint-Domingue; loyalty of slaves

Chapter.  2424 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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