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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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Inside the Insurgency: Gros's Historick Recital

Inside the Insurgency: Gros's Historick Recital

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(p.105) Chapter 6 Inside the Insurgency: Gros's Historick Recital
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Facing Racial Revolution
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226675855.003.0007

This chapter presents an excerpt from M. Gros' account of the Haitian revolution. It describes the horror and helplessness of the first days following his capture by the slave rebels and makes it clear that many black and mixed-race insurgents treated him humanely and that he was sometimes given special protection. This chapter suggests that Gros' original motive for writing was not to recount his experiences as a prisoner of the black insurgents but to indict the white authorities he held responsible for the loss of the eastern part of Saint-Domingue's North Province.

Keywords:   Haitian revolution, M. Gros, slave rebels, insurgents, white authorities, Saint-Domingue, North Province

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