Liberating Public Opinion: The Press and a Saint-Dominguan Public Sphere

  • Erica R. Johnson
Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)


Philanthropists used the press during the Haitian Revolution to encourage citizens to engage in the public sphere through their daily publications, by printing letters to the editors, responses to the minutes of the legislative and governing bodies, and thought-provoking questions. Philanthropists engaged in this colonial public sphere through the press, a tool for change. They did more than just use Saint-Dominguan revolutionary press to report on the revolution; they used it for cultural development, including philanthropic endeavors to end slavery and establish racial equality.

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  • Erica R. Johnson
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryFrancis Marion UniversityFlorenceUSA

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