By Maurice Jackson, Jacqueline Bacon
Bringing jointly scholarly essays and helpfully annotated fundamental files, African americans and the Haitian Revolution collects not just the easiest contemporary scholarship at the topic, but additionally showcases the first texts written by means of African american citizens concerning the Haitian Revolution. instead of being in regards to the revolution itself, this assortment makes an attempt to teach how the occasions in Haiti served to impress African american citizens to contemplate themselves and to behave based on their ideals, and contributes to the learn of African american citizens within the wider Atlantic World.
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Many free black northerners observed the island republic with a sense of pride in its accomplishments, using The Roots of Early Black Nationalism • 41 the island as a rallying cry in their own increasingly separatist causes. â•›. Newspapers were a major source of information for the African-Â�American community and they were filled with reports about Haiti and Haitian leaders. 17 In these settings, news about Haiti would have passed to African Americans previously thought to have little exposure or opportunity to learn about Haiti.
Their vivid and detailed reports strongly suggest that captains and crews alike realized that they had witnessed history in the making. Over a period of eight weeks in the late summer and fall of 1791, for instance, captain John Davison of the Charming Sally watched battles between black insurgents and government troops in both Cap Français and Port-Â�au-Prince. ” Other ships headed to other ports carried similarly astonishing accounts, and barely a month after the initial uprising in Saint-Â�Domingue’s northern plain, newspapers from New England to South Carolina carried lengthy and lurid tales of the beginnings of the Haitian Revolution.
Langhan to Governor, August 9, 1793, in Palmer and McRae, Calendar of Virginia State Papers, 6: 443, 6: 470. 19 Hartridge, “Refugees,” 103–7; Laws of Maryland. 20 Examination of Newport Bowers, December 16, 1793, in papers of Juno, JHCVA Papers, JA. ” See below. 21 See Robinson, Slavery in the Structure, 285–6. 22 Charleston Columbian Herald, July 30, 1793. 23 The ambience of this period is ably conveyed in Stein, Leger Felicite Sonthonax, 79, 105. , in papers of Speedwell (1793), JHCVA Papers, JA.