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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 Ogé Insurrection

The Ogé Insurrection

(p.43) Chapter 2 The Ogé Insurrection
Facing Racial Revolution
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents an excerpt from a first-person narrative which is about the role of Vincent Oge, a free man of color, in the Haitian revolution. It discusses Oge's organization of a short-lived uprising of the free-colored population of Saint-Domingue in October 1790 when the white colonists persisted in excluding free men of color from political participation. This personal account suggests that Oge's insurrection was not directed against the institution of slavery but it was the first armed protest movement against the colonial racial order to appeal explicitly to the principles of liberty and equality proclaimed by the French National Assembly.

Keywords:   Vincent Oge, Haitian revolution, Saint-Domingue, men of color, political participation, insurrection, slavery, armed protest, colonial racial order, French National Assembly

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