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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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A White Captive in the Struggle against the Leclerc Expedition

A White Captive in the Struggle against the Leclerc Expedition

(p.270) Chapter 14 A White Captive in the Struggle against the Leclerc Expedition
Facing Racial Revolution
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents an excerpt from Michel-Etienne Descourtilz's account of the Haitian revolution focusing on the condition of white captives and the arrival of Charles Leclerc sent to reinstate slavery in Saint-Domingue. This narrative is the first extended published account of the white confrontation with the Haitian insurrection after the withdrawal of French troops from the island. This chapter suggests that Descourtilz's descriptions of the blacks contrast strangely with a captivity narrative that demonstrates how the whites in Saint-Domingue were being violently subjected to black authority.

Keywords:   Haitian revolution, Michel-Etienne Descourtilz, white captives, Charles Leclerc, Saint-Domingue, French troops, black authority

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