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Slave Resistance Before the Haitian Revolution

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The origins of the Haitian Revolution in 1791 – the only successful enslaved revolt in history and a major event in the making of the modern world – remains shrouded in mystery. For French colonists in Saint Domingue, it sprang up without explanation as if it was a spontaneous event. In a hugely important new book, A Secret Among the Blacks: Slave Resistance Before the Haitian Revolution, published this September by Harvard University Press, the distinguished historian of Saint Domingue and the Haitian Revolution, John Garrigus of the University of Texas at Arlington, shows that the start of the Haitian Revolution has a history based on slave resistance in the northern sugar producing plains of Saint Domingue. The Wilberforce Institute is proud to discuss this major intervention into the history of slavery and the Caribbean in this webinar.

Credits: Professor Trevor Burnard, Director of the Wilberforce Institute; John D. Garrigus, Professor of History and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery at University College London; Laurent Dubois, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia; Dominique Rogers, Assistant Professor (MCF) of History at the University of the Antilles; Mélanie Lamotte, Assistant Professor of French and History at the University of Texas at Austin; Meleisa Ono-George, Brittenden Fellow in History at Queen’s College, Oxford; Dexnell Peters, Lecturer in Caribbean and Atlantic History at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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