A Family Reunion and a Religious Conversion

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 Family Reunion and a Religious Conversion

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This chapter presents an excerpt from Honore Lazarus Lecompte's account of the Haitian revolution. It explains that Lecompte was separated from his family early during the early stage of the revolution and was held as prisoner of war in England. His narrative illustrates three important aspects of the Haitian revolutionary era. These include ways in which white colonists' families were often dispersed by events, how their experiences turned some of those involved in revolutionary upheavals to religion, and how the tropes of life narrative could sometimes cross racial boundaries.

Keywords: Haitian revolution; Honore Lazarus Lecompte; prisoner of war; England; white colonists; religion; life narrative; racial boundaries

Chapter.  1414 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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