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Black Resistance : The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804)

African Americans have historically resisted racial oppression and terror in the United States. This guide takes a look at Black resistance historically.

The Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804)  was an  insurrection led by self-liberated enslaved Africans slaves against French colonial rule on the island of  Saint Domingue which is now the sovereign state of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution was the only slave uprising that led to the founding of a  Nation which was free from slavery and ruled by non-whites and former enslaved Africans. Ex-slave Toussaint Louverture emerged as Haiti's most prominent general.  The Haitian Revolution is considered a defining moment in the  history of the Atlantic World.

The revolution's effects on the institution of slavery were felt throughout the Americas. The end of French rule and the abolition of slavery in the former colony was followed by a successful defense of the freedoms the former slaves won and, with the collaboration of already free people of color, achieving their independence from white Europeans

Art depticting the Haitian Revolution

Attack and take of the Crête-à-Pierrot by Auguste Raffet.