This course examines the American Revolution and the Haitian Revolution. With regard to the former, it addresses the Jefferson question - that is, how could the author of the Declaration of Independence be the owner of over 200 slaves. Therefore, it deals with competing interpretations in the Early American Republic of the Ideology of liberty and equality. Next, the course delves into the far more radical Haitian Revolution, the only successful slave revolution in history. It will deal with the influences of the American and French revolutions on the French New World colony of St. Domingue that made the Haitian revolution possible. Finally, the course examines the impact of the Haitian Revolution on slavery and the anti-slavery movement in the United States.
Location & Meeting Time
T/TH 09:00AM-10:45AM LEC