John Rector, Elizabeth Swedo
Bachelor of Science
This thesis will explore the remarkable success of the Haitian Revolution and its impact on slavery in the United States. The Haitian Revolution has been covered numerous times by historians and has sparked different themes, theories, and conclusions. One interesting angle is the white French plantation owners' overall role in the event. Their greed, cruelty, poor workforce management, and moral shortcomings contributed to the slave revolt, and the successful revolution shaped how the United States reacted and adapted its version of slavery. This paper examines what went wrong for the plantation owners while also considering what helped the slaves succeed. I argue that the plantation and slave owners inadvertently helped advance the revolution and when news of the Haitian revolt and refugees arrived in America, it ironically strengthened the pro-slavery views and policies in the United States in the early 19th century.
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Reutlinger, Owen, "You Say You Want A Revolution: Slavery in Haiti and the United States in the Early 1800s" (2019). Student Theses, Papers and Projects (History). 270.
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