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Monthly Archives: June 2004

The Haitian Revolution conference notes – Final Day

Notes from the final session and wrap-up.

The Haitian Revolution conference notes – Day Two

More barely-edited notes from Day Two Session V – Unfolding of the Slave Revolution: Part Two Chair – Robin Blackburn, Univ of Essex Vertus Saint-Louis …read his paper “Law, Commerce and Revolution in Saint-Domingue (1789-1804), copies of which were distributed…. Toussaint struck a blow at the ontological foundations of white supremacy and at the foundations of the colonial order (by being a former slave who declared himself governor). Fick notes the places where Toussaint sowed the seeds of his downfall – the weaknesses in his Leclerc-era strategy…. Laurent Dubois – has a new book, “Avengers of the New World” Violence in Haitian Revolution Jean Francois, Biassou and Toussaint realized that Jeannot represented a “PR problem” his violence would create problems in the inevitable negotiations with the white French.

The Haitian Revolution conference notes – Day One

Boucher, Univ of Alabama in Huntsville Jacques de Cauna, Bordeaux: “Apercus sur le systeme des habitations a SD a partir des vestiges subsistant en Haiti” (read by David Bell) David Geggus, Univ of Florida: “The Colony of SD on the Eve of Revolution Gene Ogle, John Cabot Univ (Rome): “Colonial Absolutism: Politics in Principle and Practice in Old Regime SD” Commentator: David A Bell, Johns Hopkins Univ David Bell Read the presentation of Jacques de Cauna, who could not be here in person…. Angel Seminary (Oregon): “Free People of Color in the Northern Province of Saint Domingue” Dominique Rogers, Universite des Antilles et de la Guyane, Martinique: “On the Road to Citizenship: The Complex Paths toward the Integration of Free People of Colour in the Two Capitals of Saint Domingue” Commentator: Jane Landers, Vanderbilt Univ. John Garrigus Free blacks in Saint Domingue were quite walthy…. The trouble-stirrers in the colony may haved been the New French, who were competing with the Free People of Color for jobs, etc. In the late 17th Century in Cuba (& Mexico), slaves included Muslims, Indians, white Spanish criminals sentenced to lives of slavery, etc. Slavery was only “racialized” later…. Malick Ghachem, Stanford Univ.: “The Colonial Vendee” Elizabeth Colwill, San Diego State: “Fetes de l’hymen, fetes de la liberte: Matrimony, Emancipation, and the Creation of ‘New Men’” Commentator: Christopher Leslie Brown, Rutgers Univ. Yves Benot Slaves weren’t fighting for independence – at least not to their understanding.

The Haitian Revolution conference notes – Opening night.

Well, my idea of blogging the conference may not work out quite as I’d hoped.

Haiti at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Haiti will be featured this year at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, running June 23-27 and June 30-July 4 in Washington DC. I’ll be attending the festival on the 23rd and 24th and will post reports as I’m able.

Another Haiti mailing list

Courtesy of Bob Corbett’s Haiti List, I’ve discovered another mailing list full of information – the VTHaiti list at Yahoo!Groups. From their description at Yahoo!Groups: We are an informal group of Vermonters who have become interested in Haiti and are intent on becoming further involved in sympathetic and humane ways. We respect Haitian people and […]

Haiti 1804 at the Carrie Art Collection

Via the VT Haiti mail list, we find that the Carrie Art Collection in Petionville, Haiti, has posted a gallery of revolution-themed Haitian Art. From their email: The Carrie Art Collection is pleased to present the virtual exhibit of Haitian Art entitled Haiti1804 In 1804 the slaves of Saint-Domingue overthrew their French colonial masters in […]