The Revolutionary Abolitionists of Haiti

  • Laurent Dubois
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850 book series (WCS)


Slavery is a permanent state of grinding war, and throughout the history of the institution, many enslaved people declared war on slavery. But there is only one case in history of a successful slave revolution: the Haitian Revolution. This event was many things at once. It began as an insurrection, but soon became a war involving three empires and their armies and navies, along with much of the population in Saint Domingue itself. It was also, from its beginning, a social revolution, one with profound economic and cultural consequences. Yet it was also something else, though it is rarely categorized as such. It was an abolitionist movement, one of the largest and certainly the most immediately successful such movement in history.


Political Culture African Descent French Coloni National Convention Free People 
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  1. 1.
    John Thornton, ‘African Soldiers in the Haitian Revolution’, Journal of Caribbean History 25/1-2 (1991): 58–80.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    See Christopher L. Miller, ‘Forget Haiti: Baron Roger and the New Africa’, Yale French Studies 107 (2005): 39–69.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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