You are all free : the Haitian Revolution and the abolition of slavery /
Jeremy D. Popkin.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
xv, 422 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
0521517222 (hbk.), 0521731941 (pbk.), 9780521517225 (hbk.), 9780521731942 (pbk.)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
0521517222 (hbk.)
0521731941 (pbk.)
9780521517225 (hbk.)
9780521731942 (pbk.)
contents note
Introduction : the journée of 20 June 1793 in Cap Français and the abolition of slavery -- A colony in revolution -- Municipal revolution in a colonial city -- French Jacobins and Saint-Domingue colonists -- Creating revolutionary government in the tropics -- A model republican general -- The powder keg explodes -- Freedom and fire -- The road to general emancipation -- Saint-Domingue in the United States -- The decree of 16 Pluviôse An II -- Conclusion
"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 an 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, this book shows that abolition was the result of complex and often paradoxical political struggles on both sides of the Atlantic"--Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 397-409) and index.

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