Slavery and the French and Haitian Revolutionists

TitleSlavery and the French and Haitian Revolutionists
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsCooper, Anna Julia, and Frances Richardson Keller
Number of Pages161
PublisherRowman and Littlefield
CityLanham, MD

In her 1925 doctoral dissertation at the University of Paris, African-American scholar Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964) examined the relations between the 18th century revolutionists in Paris and the representatives and inhabitants of the richest French colony, San Domingue. She argued that the legalized slave trade became a critical issue in the struggle over the rights of man during the French Revolution and that when the revolutionists of Paris deflected the question of slavery in San Domingue, the people of France lost the opportunity to escalate their liberty and their equality. Cooper insisted that to understand the French Revolution and its repercussions, it is necessary to add the dimension of race. Historian Frances R. Keller has made this unique work available in English. Through her interpretive essays, Keller places Cooper's dissertation in the context of her life and scholarship. Keller also provides an essential historical look at the international events that led up to the bloody revolutions in France and Haiti. 

Original PublicationL'attitude de la France à L'égard de L'esclavage pendant la Révolution. Dissertation: Université de Paris, 1925.
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