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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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Imagining the Motives behind the Insurrection

Imagining the Motives behind the Insurrection

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(p.245) Chapter 12 Imagining the Motives behind the Insurrection
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Facing Racial Revolution
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675855.003.0013

This chapter presents an account of the Haitian revolution based on the manuscript of the unpublished play called “Le Philanthrope revolutionnaire ou l'hecatombe a Haiti.”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

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