The Arming of Slaves in the Haitian Revolution

TitleThe Arming of Slaves in the Haitian Revolution
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsGeggus, David
EditorBrown, Christopher Leslie, and Philip D. Morgan
Corporate AuthorsGilder-Lehrman, Center for the St
Book TitleArming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age
PublisherYale University Press
CityNew Haven, CT ; London

Arming slaves as soldiers is a counterintuitive idea. Yet throughout history, in many varied societies, slaveholders have entrusted slaves with the use of deadly force. The book Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age surveys the practice broadly across space and time, encompassing the cultures of classical Greece, the early Islamic kingdoms of the Near East, West and East Africa, the British and French Caribbean, the United States, and Latin America.To facilitate cross-cultural comparisons, each chapter addresses four crucial issues: the social and cultural facts regarding the arming of slaves, the experience of slave soldiers, the ideological origins and consequences of equipping enslaved peoples for battle, and the impact of the practice on the status of slaves and slavery itself. What emerges from the book is a new historical understanding: the arming of slaves is neither uncommon nor paradoxical but is instead both predictable and explicable.

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