The Haitian Revolution Beyond Borders|
Fall 2020 not offered
In 1791, enslaved people rose up against their masters in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, at the time the most profitable plantation society in the world. Thirteen years later, their efforts would culminate in the declaration of independence of Haiti, a nation founded on the pillars of antislavery, anticolonialism, and racial equality. This course investigates the regional and global significance of this revolution through its interconnections with Haiti's neighbors in the Caribbean and across Latin America. First, we will look at the immediate implications of Haiti's founding for the fate of New World slavery during the Age of Revolutions. Next, we will consider Haiti's long-term impact on national identities, racial formations, and future revolutionary struggles in the Americas over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(CBST-MN)(LAST)
Note: All but two of these textbooks are available as open-access E-Books to Wesleyan Students via the online library system. The two books that are not available in open-access are noted below.
Anne Eller, WE DREAM TOGETHER: DOMINICAN INDEPENDENCE, HAITI, AND THE FIGHT FOR CARIBBEAN FREEDOM (Duke University Press, 2016)
Ada Ferrer, FREEDOM'S MIRROR: CUBA AND HAITI IN THE AGE OF REVOLUTION (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
Julia Gaffield, HAITIAN CONNECTIONS IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD: RECOGNITION AFTER REVOLUTION (UNC Press, 2015)
Graham Nessler, AN ISLANDWIDE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM: REVOLUTION, EMANCIPATION, AND REENSLAVEMENT IN HISPANIOLA, 1789-1809 (UNC Press, 2016, Not available in open-access)
Edgardo Pérez Morales, NO LIMITS TO THEIR SWAY: CARTAGENA'S PRIVATEERS AND THE MASTERLESS CARIBBEAN IN THE AGE OF REVOLUTIONS (Vanderbilt Press, 2018, Not available in open-access)
Rebecca J. Scott and Jean M. Hébrard, FREEDOM PAPERS: AN ATLANTIC ODYSSEY IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATION (Harvard University Press, 2012)
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Major assignments include two short papers (approximately 3-4 pages each), and a take home final exam (approximately 8-10 pages).
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Students will write weekly reactions to assigned readings, to be graded for completion rather than content. These papers are intended to give students an opportunity to assemble their thoughts and questions before class.
Students will be asked to analyze a variety of primary sources, including images, poems, and translations of archival manuscripts. All course readings will be in English.
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