39. Doris Garraway on the Haitian Revolution

Posted on 10 November 2019

An interview with Doris Garraway on the background, intellectual basis, and legacy of the Haitian Revolution.

Further Reading

• D.L. Garraway, The Libertine Colony: Creolization in the Early French Caribbean (Duke UP, 2005).

• D.L. Garraway, (ed.), Tree of Liberty: Cultural Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World (University of Virginia Press, 2008).

• D.L. Garraway, “Empire of Liberty, Kingdom of Civilization: Henry Christophe, Baron de Vastey, and the Paradoxes of Universalism in Postrevolutionary Haiti,” Small Axe 16 (2012), 1-21.

• D.L. Garraway, "Print, Publics, and the Scene of Universal Equality in the Kingdom of Henry Christophe,” L’Esprit Créateur 56 (2016).

• D.L. Garraway, "Abolition, Sentiment, and the Problem of Agency in Le système colonial dévoilé," in C. Bongie (trans.), Baron de Vastey: The Colonial System Unveiled (2016).

• D.L. Garraway, “Black Athena in Haiti: Universal History, Colonization, and the African Origins of Civilization in Postrevolutionary Haitian Writing,” in D. Triocoire (ed.), Enlightened Colonialism: Civilization Narratives and Imperial Politics in the Age of Reason (2017).


austin 26 August 2020

This is such a good interview, Dr. Garraway puts these concepts and segments of history in such a clear manner, thank you!

I'm wondering if in the Americas, specifically the Carribean, if there was any sort intersectional solidarity with Indigenous Peoples during these struggles for abolition and after? In the Caribbean, were the Indegenous Peoples mostly eradicated by the time slavery was at it's apex in the colonies? The word "Haiti", as I understand, comes from a word the Taíno people used to call the land.

Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! I think the answer as far as Haiti is concerned is that the indigenous population had indeed been mostly destroyed by colonialism (combination of maltreatment and disease). This will come up again pretty soon when we talk about Brazil.

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