In 1791, the enslaved people of France's wealthiest colony, Saint-Domingue, rose up for freedom. In this episode, Elizabeth examines the many factors that led to the abolition of slavery in the region now known as Haiti. The French Revolution, Kongolese leadership, social stratification, religion, and many other aspects all pay a role in what will become the first successful slave revolt of the Atlantic world.
Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World (Harvard University Press, 2005).
Jeremy D. Popkin, A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution, Vol. 3 (John Wiley & Sons, 2011).
--, Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Insurrection. (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
Carolyn E. Fick, "The Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic Context," Proceedings of the Meeting of the French Colonial Society, 19 (1994) pp. 128-140.
Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, "Beyond 'The Black Jacobins': Haitian Revolutionary Historiography Comes of Age," Journal of Haitian Studies, 23:1 (Spring 2017), pp. 4-34.
C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution, (Penguin UK, 1938, reprint 2001).
Fictions of the Haitian Revolution
Haitian Studies Association
Haitian Revolution, Part II: 1794-1804
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)