African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected by Maurice Jackson, Jacqueline Bacon

By Maurice Jackson, Jacqueline Bacon

Bringing jointly scholarly essays and helpfully annotated fundamental records, African americans and the Haitian Revolution collects not just the easiest fresh scholarship at the topic, but in addition showcases the first texts written via African american citizens concerning the Haitian Revolution. instead of being in regards to the revolution itself, this assortment makes an attempt to teach how the occasions in Haiti served to provoke African americans to contemplate themselves and to behave in line with their ideals, and contributes to the examine of African americans within the wider Atlantic World.

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Nevertheless, the related stories of Tom King, Olaudah Equiano, and Newport Bowers, living and working in distant areas of Afro-Â�America, merit serious consideration for a number of reasons. First, the attraction of Saint-Â� Domingue for Bowers, Bridgewater, Nicholás Manuel, Michael Brown, and countless other mobile blacks in the 1790s reflects the region-Â�wide impact which the Haitian Revolution exerted from the Chesapeake Bay to the Bay of All Saints. While historians agree that every American slave society felt the repercussions of the revolution in Saint-Â�Domingue in the 1790s, they have just begun to explore the question of precisely how its influence spread.

The figures came from the Liberator of September 1, 1843. Except for a burst of activity in the early 1840s, there does not appear to have been support for immigration to Haiti among the convention delegates. Bethel surmises that “African Americans continued to emigrate to Hayti through the antebellum period, their numbers rising and falling with the country’s internal political stability”(Roots, 165). Pease and Pease, They Who Would Be Free, 275. See also Sanneh, Abolitionists Abroad, chap. 5.

2 A considerable volume of scholarship has focused on parts of the broad area stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Bay of All Saints, a region which might be called the “greater Caribbean” or “Afro-Â�America,” during the period of slavery and emancipation. Very few of us, however, have adopted Humboldt’s regional viewpoint to examine the ways in which these slave societies interacted. 3 The juxtaposition of plantation society and maritime culture was always a particularly uneasy one. Whereas slavery and its regime demanded a fixed status and clear boundaries, ships and the sea came to symbolize, for many people, possibilities for mobility, escape, and freedom.

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