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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

(p.245) Chapter 12 Imagining the Motives behind the Insurrection
Facing Racial Revolution
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents an account of the Haitian revolution based on the manuscript of the unpublished play called “Le Philanthrope revolutionnaire ou l'hecatombe a Haiti.”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