A Haitian Revolutionary Manifesto? New Perspectives on the ‘Letter of Jean-François, Biassou, and Belair’

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Abstract

Some recent historians of the Haitian Revolution have cited a document called ‘The Letter of Jean-François, Biassou and Belair’, as the most important statement of the goals of that movement, whereas other scholars have cast doubt on the Letter’s authenticity. A previously overlooked archival source strengthens the case for the Letter’s authenticity and clarifies the circumstances in which it was composed. A comparison of the Letter with other statements of the Haitian revolutionaries’ goals shows that the Black leaders of the movement responded to changing political circumstances, shifting their language as their assessment of the situation facing them changed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalSlavery and Abolition
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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