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THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION (1804) AND ITS LEGACY

THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION (1804) AND ITS LEGACY

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The first successful slave revolt against European colonial rule was an “unthinkable” event. Whereas revolutions in the British colonies (1776) and France (1789) reside at the center of Western historiography, the insurrection that gave birth to Haiti (1804) is still relegated to the margins. Westerners could not imagine that slaves and free people of color could appropriate the ideals of the French Revolution and subvert racial hierarchy in this wealthy French sugar and coffee colony. This lecture explores Haiti in the context of Atlantic World rebellions and examines the country’s troubled postcolonial history.

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About the lecturer(s)

Willie Hiatt

Willie Hiatt, a Kentucky native, is an Associate Professor of History at Long Island University, Post Campus, and a former Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell University (2019-20). He’s the author of The Rarified Air of the Modern: Airplanes and Technological Modernity in the Andes (Oxford University Press, 2016). His current research is an oral history project examining how Peruvians experienced electrical blackouts after Maoist insurgents dynamited high-tension towers during the Shining Path movement (1980-92).

Lecture Details

Program

Sessions

1 lecture(s)
Day & Time

Tuesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Date(s)

Mar 05, 2024