First Edition   ©2006

Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804

A Brief History with Documents

Laurent Dubois (Michigan State University) , John D. Garrigus

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-41501-X; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-41501-3; Format: Paper Text, 240 pages

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Revolution, Emancipation, and Independence

The French Caribbean in the Eighteenth Century

The Revolution Begins, 1789–1791

From Slave Revolution to Emancipation, 1791–1794

Defining Emancipation, 1794–1798

The Haitian Revolution and the United States

War and Independence

The Legacy of the Haitian Revolution

Major Revolutionary Figures and Groups
  1. The French Caribbean in the Eighteenth Century
    1. The Code Noir, 1685
    2. Prophesies of Slave Revolutions, 1771 and 1780
    3. Médéric-Louis-Elie Moreau de Saint-Méry, Description…of the French Part of the Island of Saint-Domingue, 1797
  2. The Revolution Begins, 1789–1791
    4. Letters from the Slave Revolt in Martinique, August-September 1789
    5. The Free Citizens of Color, Address to the National Assembly, October 22, 1789
    6. The National Assembly, Decree of March 8 and Instructions of March 28, 1790

7. Abbé Grégoire, Letter to Those Who Love Mankind, October 1790
    8. Letters from the Uprising of Vincent Ogé, October 1790
    9. Julien Raimond, Observations on the Origin and Progression of the White Colonists' Prejudice against Men of Color, 1791

10. The Debate of May 15, 1791
    11. The National Assembly, Law on the Colonies, 1791
  3. From Slave Revolution to Emancipation, 1791–1794
    12. Hérard Dumesle, Voyage to the North of Haiti, 1824
    13. Antoine Dalmas, History of the Revolution of Saint-Domingue, 1814
    14. Pierre Mossut, Letter to the Marquis de Gallifet, September 19, 1791
    15. Philadelphia General Advertiser, Reports on the Insurrection, October-November 1791
    16. Jean-François and Biassou, Letters to the Commissioners, December 1791
    17. Gros, In the Camps of the Insurgents, 1791
    18. Olympe de Gouges, Preface to The Slavery of the Blacks, 1792
    19. Jean-Paul Marat, From The Friend of the People, 1792
    20. Thomas Clarkson, The True State of the Case, Respecting the Insurrection at St. Domingo, 1792
    21. The National Assembly, Law of April 4, 1792
    22. Journal Républicain de la Guadeloupe, Account of the Slave Revolt, April 24, 1793
    23. Laurent Jolicoeur, Petition, 1793
    24. Légér Félicité Sonthonax, Decree of General Liberty Proclaimed, August 29, 1793
    25. Insurgent Responses to Emancipation, 1793
    26. The National Convention, The Abolition of Slavery, February 4, 1794
  4. Defining Emancipation, 1794–1798
    27. Victor Hugues, Proclamations, 1794
    28. Geneviéve Labothiére Secures Her Brother's Freedom, 1796-1801
    29. The Plantation Policies of Étienne Polverel, 1794
    30. Jean-Baptiste Belley, The True Colors of the Planters, or the System of the Hotel Massiac, Exposed by Gouli, 1795
    31. Toussaint Louverture, A Refutation of Some Assertions in a Speech Pronounced in the Corps Législatif… by Viénot Vaublanc, 1797
    32. The Council of the Five Hundred, Law on the Colonies, 1798
    33. Etienne Laveaux, A Celebration of the Anniversary of Abolition, 1798
  5. The Haitian Revolution and the United States
    34. Thomas Jefferson, Letters, 1797-1802
    35. Refugees in Charleston, S.C., Petition, October 25, 1799
    36. Charles Brockton Brown, St. Domingo, December 1804
  6. War and Independence
    37. Toussaint Louverture, From Constitution of the French Colony of Saint-Domingue, 1801

38. Louis Delgrès, Proclamation, 1802
  39. General Jean-François-Xavier de Ménard, On the Final Stand of Delgrès, 1802
  40. Napoléon Bonaparte and General Charles-Victor-Emmanuel Leclerc, Letters, 1802–1803
   41. Mary Hassal, From Secret History; or the Horrors of St. Domingo, 1808
    42. Marie-Rose Masson, Letter to the Marquis de Gallifet, July 27, 1802
    43. Brigadier General Pierre Cangé, Letter from to Delpech, November 1802
    44. The Haitian Declaration of Independence, January 1, 1804
    45. The Haitian Constitution, 1805
    A Chronology of Events Related to the Slave Revolution in the Caribbean (1635–1805)
    Questions for Consideration
    Selected Bibliography