Imagining the Motives behind 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:
Imagining the Motives behind the Insurrection

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This chapter presents an account of the Haitian revolution based on the manuscript of the unpublished play called “Le Philanthrope revolutionnaire ou l'hecatombe a Haiti.” Though this is fictional it shows a white author trying to imagine how a black insurgent might have explained his motives and how colonial whites understood the actions of the French official Léger-Félicité Sonthonax, who issued the first emancipation decree on 20 June 1793. This chapter explains the plot of the play.

Keywords: Haitian revolution; Haiti; black insurgent; colonial whites; Léger-Félicité Sonthonax; emancipation

Chapter.  2345 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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