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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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The Story of the Last French Survivors in Saint-Domingue

The Story of the Last French Survivors in Saint-Domingue

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(p.363) Chapter 19 The Story of the Last French Survivors in Saint-Domingue
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Facing Racial Revolution
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675855.003.0020

This chapter presents an excerpt from a certain Mlle. de Palaiseau's account of the Haitian revolution focusing on the role of black rescuers in saving two white girls from the 1804 massacres ordered by Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Although the narrative includes gruesome descriptions of the massacres, its principal interest lies in its description of the efforts made by black rescuers on behalf of the victims. The two girls were the last known French survivors in Saint-Domingue.

Keywords:   Haitian revolution, white girls, black rescuers, massacres, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Saint-Domingue

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