Slave revolts are common events in history, the outcome is usually predictable, the slaves demand rights only to be decimated by their landowning counterparts. The Haitian revolution was the first successful large scale slave rebellion. From the early 1790’s to late 1800’s the Haitians fought against the French for control of Saint-Domingue. This revolution was noticed created a global stir due to its unique formulation, which was rooted in oppression from the French. The revolution itself fostering a new sense of nationalism, and ultimately it resulted in many new revolutionary thoughts from spectating countries and a newly found debt to Haiti itself.
The Haitian revolution came about as a result from French oppression. Not only were the residents of St. Domingue mistreated, but they were also dehumanized. In 1789, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen was introduced to France, it stated, “Men are born and remain free and equal in rights… these rights are liberty, property,security and resistance to oppression.” (Doc 2). Initially, this document was inspired and written by Enlightenment thinkers, such as John Locke, who firmly and passionately believed that the government must protect the natural rights of life, liberty, and property. However, when Vincent Oge attempts to implement these rights from France to Haiti, he is met with torture and execution. The Black code, imposed by King Louis XIV, was an attempt to justify slavery, or show that he cared for the lives and beliefs of the slaves. However, he wrote, “All slaves in our islands shall be baptized and instructed in Catholic religion.”(Doc 1). This illustrates how not only did he keep slaves in captivity, he refused to let them practice their own religions. A...
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...document discussing a slave living in Brazil’s point of view of the rebellion, it would be easier to understand the global impact of rebellion. Another perspective that would of have been very useful is the view of the common peoples of France. How did they feel about the war? Did they understand the Haitians were mistreated? Did the rights of man matter to them? It is with these extra points we could have furthered our analysis. Even though we were not presented every view we would have liked, the documents were adequate enough to make a final consensus on the rebellion. The social, political, and economic changes inspired similar events worldwide, leading a newfound era of justice for all men. Despite the fact that Haiti was left in turmoil and confusion after the war, the war could be labeled a success for men that brought us one step closer to where we are today.
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