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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 Family Reunion and a Religious Conversion

A Family Reunion and a Religious Conversion

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(p.313) Chapter 15 A Family Reunion and a Religious Conversion
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Facing Racial Revolution
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675855.003.0016

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

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