Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pro-slavery representations of the Haitian Revolution in the British West Indies, Cuba, and the United States, 1790-1820
by Rockenbach, Adam, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 106; 1522256
Abstract (Summary)

The only successful slave rebellion in 1791 in Saint-Domingue (Haiti), while inspiring, prolonged the abolition of slavery in the trans-Atlantic world. Graphically portraying the violence of this revolution within nearby slaveholding societies and colonial governing bodies, these societies instituted protective measures and policies to avoid similar outcomes. This project will analyze how the pro-slavery lobby in the British West Indies, Cuba and the United States utilized the events of the Haitian Revolution from 1791 to 1820 to protect their agricultural interests. Given the geographical proximity and familiar economic and socio-political landscapes to the once prosperous French colony, these locales served as ideal destinations for refugees fleeing revolutionary Saint-Domingue. These proslavery representations of the Haitian Revolution demonstrate a concerted effort made on behalf of the planters and merchants to protect their interests and defend the institution of slavery.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cleary, Patricia
Commitee: Keirn, Tim, Mizelle, Brett
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: History
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: World History
Publication Number: 1522256
ISBN: 978-1-267-97751-9
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