Colonial Enlightenment and the French Revolution: Julien Raymond and Milscent Créole

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While most colonial plantation owners defended slavery and racial hierarchy during the French Revolution, Julien Raymond, a free man of color from the French colony of Saint-Domingue, and Claude Milscent, a white plantation owner, became important critics of these two institutions. In their writings from 1789 to 1794, they combined Enlightenment ideas and a first-hand knowledge of colonial conditions to generate original programs for the elimination of racial distinctions. In response to the black slave uprising of 1791 in Saint-Domingue, both men were also forced to contemplate the abolition of slavery, despite their own earlier investment in it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameCambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies
VolumePart F146
ISSN (Print)2635-1633
ISSN (Electronic)2635-1641

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • History


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