Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution

In the late eighteenth century, enslaved people in Saint-Domingue, the French colony that became Haiti, rose up against their colonial masters and gained their freedom and independence. Haiti became the first fully free society in the Atlantic world and the second independent nation in the Americas (after the United States). Understanding the Haitian Revolution is crucial to understanding the course of world history and the history of the Americas. It is also essential to understanding Haiti today. Through readings, maps, digital activities, and simulations, students consider the development of the American colonial world and the legacies of the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world.

Introduction: A Free Haiti

Part I: The Creation of Saint-Domingue

Part II: Revolution in Saint-Domingue

Part III: Haitian Independence

Day Two Lesson: Enslaved People’s Experiences

Day Five Optional Lesson: Mapping Independence and Abolition in the Americas

Featured Scholars

Anthony Bogues photo
Brown University
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Wesleyan University
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Human Rights Watch