How was a self-proclaimed Black nation to define its role in an Atlantic world deeply entwined with enslaved Black labor?
Tag: Haitian Independence
Félix Darfour accused the post-independence Haitian republic with corruption. He lost his life for it.
The language and culture of Kreyòl, as well as the Vodou religion, reveal a vision of Haitian sovereignty on behalf of those formerly enslaved.
After winning independence, the West rushed to teach Haiti a lesson so that their revolutionary experience would not recur on the continent. Haiti suffers the repercussions of such attacks to this day.
For Frederick Douglass, and for Black activists across the United States, there was no place more important to global Black freedom than Haiti.
Haiti truly manifested the principles of liberty, but international resistance and racism have worked for 220 years to undermine its sovereignty.
Not the United States, Great Britain, France, or any other enslaver deserves credit for ending slavery. Atlantic abolition began with Haiti.