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A colony of citizens : revolution & slave emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 / Laurent Dubois.

By: Dubois, Laurent, 1971-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Va., by the University of North Carolina Press, c2004Description: x, 452 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0807828742 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780807828748 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807855367 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780807855362 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): West Indies, French -- History | Slaves -- Emancipation -- West Indies, French -- History | Slave insurrections -- West Indies, French -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Colony of citizens.DDC classification: 326/.8/0972976 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Insurrection and the language of rights -- A social cartography -- Prophetic rumor -- The insurgent republic -- The arrival of emancipation -- Making slaves citizens -- Worthy of the nation -- War and emancipation -- The mark of freedom -- The revolution's spiral -- The promise of revolution -- The road to Matouba -- Defending the republic -- The new imperial order -- "Vivre libre ou mourir!" -- The exiled republic.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Insurrection and the language of rights -- A social cartography -- Prophetic rumor -- The insurgent republic -- The arrival of emancipation -- Making slaves citizens -- Worthy of the nation -- War and emancipation -- The mark of freedom -- The revolution's spiral -- The promise of revolution -- The road to Matouba -- Defending the republic -- The new imperial order -- "Vivre libre ou mourir!" -- The exiled republic.

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Dubois (Michigan State Univ.) interprets the turbulent history of the French colony of Guadeloupe between 1787 and 1804 in relation to the French and Haitian revolutions. Slave revolts occurred in Martinique in 1789, Saint-Domingue in 1791, and Guadeloupe in 1793. The abolition of slavery in Saint-Domingue in 1793 was ratified by the Republican government in Paris and declared to apply in all the French colonies in 1794. Dubois shows in fascinating detail how former slaves, many of them in the army, joined radical whites and people of color in shaping an inclusive conception of citizenship. Their democratic egalitarianism was reversed in Guadeloupe when colonial administrators joined former slave owners in imposing both racial hierarchy and coerced labor, in order to maintain productivity and profits. Dreams of universal freedom and racial equality were brutally crushed when slavery was reestablished in 1802. Dubois convincingly argues that no history of the Age of Revolution or of human rights is adequate without including the actions of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the Caribbean, who fought for emancipation and against racism. An important, thoughtful, and eloquent book. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and general readers. O. N. Bolland Colgate University

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