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Facing Racial RevolutionEyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Insurrection$
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Jeremy D. Popkin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226675824

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226675855.001.0001

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From Saint-Domingue to Haiti: Eyewitness Narratives of the Haitian Revolution

From Saint-Domingue to Haiti: Eyewitness Narratives of the Haitian Revolution

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(p.1) Introduction From Saint-Domingue to Haiti: Eyewitness Narratives of the Haitian Revolution
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Facing Racial Revolution
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675855.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is first-person narratives of the Haitian insurrection of 1791–1804. Nearly all the authors represented here who wrote about events in the early years of the insurrection indicate either that they or their families owned plantations and, thus, presumably, slaves before 1791 or that they managed plantations for someone else; they were, thus, solidly integrated into colonial society and directly affected by the challenge to its principal institution. All these first-person accounts also describe incidents too insignificant or too private to have left documentary traces: intimate conversations, adventures with no witnesses, and the inner thoughts of the authors.

Keywords:   Haitian insurrection, first-person narratives, slaves, colonial society, plantations

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