Introduction: Baron de Vastey in Haitian (Revolutionary) Context

  • Marlene L. DautEmail author
Part of the The New Urban Atlantic book series (NUA)


This introduction demonstrates how Vastey’s usage of deconstructive reversals and vindicationism to attack the philosophical foundations of slavery, colonialism, and racism continues a tradition of pamphleteering evident in French Saint-Domingue on the eve of the Revolution. The author argues that it is important to recognize the characteristics of writing by people of color from French Saint-Domingue written and published before formal Haitian independence because these early Haitian texts—produced largely by free people of color in revolutionary Saint-Domingue—contributed to the later development of Haitian anti-slavery writing by official members of the Haitian state like Baron de Vastey.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carter G. Woodson InstituteUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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