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The papers of U.S. political figures during the revolution in Saint Domingue/Haiti might shed light on events there:

 

  • Papers of Thomas Jefferson (Lib North 4, E302 .J463)
  • Papers of John Adams (Lib North 4, E302 .A275 1977)

 

Try looking in some of the library databases that have primary sources:

 

  • Black Thought and Culture
  • Accessible Archives

 

Remember to try different search terms: if Haiti doesn't work, what about St. Domingo? Or Toussaint? Or Toussaint L'Ouverture? Or ??

 

 

Some other resources:

Letters of Toussaint Louverture and of Edward Stevens, 1798-1800. American Historical Review 16 (1910): 64-101. Available full-text in JSTOR. I've translated the first letter from Toussaint to Pres. Adams: ToussaintLetter

Gentleman's Magazine is a fun primary source for doing English history (it has serious stuff - notes from Parliament, etc. - and gossipy stuff). I've photocopied the parts of the index that deal with Hayti/St. Domingo, so if anyone wants to do English reactions to the insurrection, let me know. The books themselves are in storage (call number AP4 .G3), but they can be retrieved fairly easily. This is a good opportunity to work with 18th/early-19th century printed material.

For selected documents from the French Revolutionary era (including a section on the abolition of slavery): The French Revolution and human rights: a brief documentary history / edited, translated, and with an introduction by Lynn Hunt (DC158.8 .F6895 1996).

An interesting British Pamphlet, c. 1800 (from the Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection):

Consequences of immediate emancipation

 

Charles Arthur and Michael Dash, eds. A Haiti Anthology. (Princeton, 1999).


 

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