Slavery in the Caribbean Francophone World: Distant Voices, Forgotten Acts, Forged Identities

TitleSlavery in the Caribbean Francophone World: Distant Voices, Forgotten Acts, Forged Identities
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsKadish, Doris Y.
Number of Pages247
PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
City, CountryAthens
Abstract

Twelve scholars representing a variety of academic fields contribute to this study of slavery in the French Caribbean colonies, which ranges historically from the 1770s to Haiti's declaration of independent statehood in 1804. Including essays on the impact of colonial slavery on France, the United States, and the French West Indies, this collection focuses on the events, causes, and effects of violent slave rebellions that occurred in Saint-Domingue, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. In one of the few studies to examine the Caribbean revolts and their legacy from a U.S. perspective, the contributors discuss the flight of island refugees to the southern cities of New Orleans, Savannah, Charleston, Norfolk, and Baltimore that branded the lower United States as "the extremity of Caribbean culture." Based on official records and public documents, historical research, literary works, and personal accounts, these essays present a detailed view of the lives of those who experienced this period of rebellion and change. [UNC Libraries]

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