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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 First Days of the Slave Insurrection

The First Days of the Slave Insurrection

(p.49) Chapter 3 The First Days of the Slave Insurrection
Facing Racial Revolution
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents an excerpt from a first-person account of the first days of the Haitian revolution on August 22–23, 1791. The author was taken prisoner on the first night of the uprising and owed his life to the intervention of Dutty Boukman, the first leader of the movement. His account describes not only of the violence committed against whites, but also of the reprisals by whites against the other racial groups in the French colony.

Keywords:   Haitian revolution, prisoner, Dutty Boukman, violence against whites, racial groups, French colony

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