The Haitian Revolution and the Question of Race

I recently acquired some new books on the Haitian Revolution for an upcoming conference. I will be given a paper at UTD’s Graduate School Symposium in April. I will look at the Haitian Revolution from a race relations perspective. I will argue that the Haitian Revolution anticipated universal emancipation and gave birth to ( universal) human rights and dignity in the Western Hemisphere. Further, I will suggest that the idea of 1804, which preceded a tremendous racial divide, then subsequent racial harmony & reconciliation between the two groups: African blacks and mulattoes in Saint- Domigue, could serve as a model for race relations and the celebration of racial equality.

Acquired Book List:

Tree of Liberty: Cultural Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, Doris L. Garrawy (ed).

From Dessalines to Duvalier: Race, Colour and National Independence in Haiti, David Nicholls.

Slave Revolution in the Caribbean 1789-1804: A Brief History with Documents, Laurent Dubois and John D. Garrigus

Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution, Laurent Dubois

Before Haiti: Race and Citizenship in French Saint-Domingue, John D. Garrigus

The Renaissance of Haitian Poetry, Naomi M. Garrett

Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, Sibylle Fischer

Haitian Revolutionary Studies, David Patrick Geggus

Anthologie de la nouvelle poesie negre et malgache de la langue francaise, Leopold Sedar Senghor

Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment, Nick Nesbitt

Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Insurrection, Jeremy D. Popkin

The Other America: Carribean Literature in a New World Context, J. Michael Dash

The Making of Haiti, Carolyn E. Fick

The Libertine Colony: Creolozation in the Early French Carribean, Doris Garraway

The Idea of Race: Readings in Philosophy, Robert Bernascomi and Tommy L. Lott

Race: The History of an Idea in the West, Ivan Hannaford.


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