You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 30, 2010 - History - 422 pages
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The abolitions of slavery in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue in 1793 and in revolutionary France in 1794 were the first dramatic blows against an institution that had shaped the Atlantic world for three centuries and affected the lives of millions of people. Based on extensive archival research, You Are All Free provides the first complete account of the dramatic events that led to these epochal decrees, and also to the destruction of Cap Francais, the richest city in the French Caribbean, and to the first refugee crisis in the United States. Taking issue with earlier accounts that claim that Saint-Domingue's slaves freed themselves, or that French revolutionaries abolished slavery as part of a general campaign for universal human rights, the book shows that abolition was the result of complex and often paradoxical political struggles on both sides of the Atlantic that have frequently been misunderstood by earlier scholars.
 

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Contents

The Journée of June 20 1793 in Cap Français and the Abolition of Slavery
1
A Colony in Revolution
23
Municipal Revolution in a Colonial City
53
French Jacobins and SaintDomingue Colonists
85
Creating Revolutionary Government in the Tropics
121
A Model Republican General
155
The Powder Keg Explodes
189
Freedom and Fire
217
The Road to General Emancipation
246
SaintDomingue in the United States
289
The Decree of 16 Pluviôse An II
327
Conclusion
376
Bibliography
397
Index
411
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Jeremy D. Popkin, T. Marshall Hahn Jr Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, has written numerous books on the French and Haitian Revolutions and on the subject of autobiographical literature, including Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789-1799 (1990), History, Historians and Autobiography (2005), and Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Revolution (2007). He has been a visiting Professor at the College de France (2009) and Brown University (2005) and held numerous fellowships, including awards from the J. S. Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Fulbright Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Newberry Library.

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