Haitian Revolution


Check out our Haitian Revolution Reading List – two lists of top texts to read on the Haitian Revolution compiled by Marlene Daut and John Garrigus.

Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick. In the Shadow of Powers: Dantès Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought. Vanderbilt University Press, 2019

Bergeaud, Émeric. Stella: A Novel of the Haitian Revolution. Translated by Lesley Curtis and Christen Mucher. New York University Press, 2015.

Blackburn, Robin. “Haiti, Slavery, and the Age of the Democratic Revolution.” The William and Mary Quarterly, 63, no. 4 (2006): 643-74.

—. The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights. Verso, 2013.

—. The Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern, 1492-1800. Verso, 2010.

—. The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery: 1776-1848Verso, 2011.

Brown, Gordon S. Toussaint’s Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution. University of Mississippi Press, 2005.

Buck-Morss, Susan. Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009.

Cauna, Jacques de.  Haïti:  L’Eternelle Révolution. PRNG, 2009.

Cheney, Paul. Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue. University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Daut, Marlene. Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865. Liverpool University Press, 2015.

—. “Un-Silencing the Past: Boisrond-Tonnerre, Vastey, and the Re-Writing of the Haitian Revolution.” South Atlantic Review 74, no. 1 (2009): 35-64.

Dillon, Elizabeth Maddock and Michael Dexler, ed. The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities, Geographies. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.

Dubois, Laurent. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian RevolutionHarvard University Press, 2004.

—. A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

— “An Enslaved Enlightenment:  Rethinking the Intellectual History of the French Atlantic.”  Social History Vol. 31, No.1 (February 2006):  1-14.

—. “Dessalines Toro D’Haïti.” The William and Mary Quarterly 69, no. 3 (2012): 541-48.

Dubois, Laurent and John D. Garrigus. Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A Brief History with Documents.  Bedford/St. Martins, 2006.

Dun, James Alexander. Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.

Eller, Anne. We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom. Duke University Press, 2016.

Ferrer, Ada. Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

—, “Haiti, Free Soil, and Antislavery in the Revolutionary Atlantic.” American Historical Review 117, no. 1 (2012): 40-66.

Fick, Carolyn. “The Haitian revolution and the limits of freedom: defining citizenship in the revolutionary.” Social History, 32, no. 4 (2007): 394-414.

—. The Making Haiti: Saint Domingue Revolution From Below. University of Tennessee Press, 1990.

Figueroa, Victor. Prophetic Visions of the Past: Pan-Caribbean Representations of the Haitian Revolution. Ohio State University Press, 2015.

Fischer, Sibylle.  Modernity Disavowed:  Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution. Duke University Press, 2004.

Forsdick, Charles and Christian Høgsbjerg, ed. The Black Jacobins Reader. Duke University Press, 2017.

Fouchard, Jean. The Haitian Maroons: Liberty or Death. Trans. A. Faulkner Watts. Edward W. Blyden Press, 1981.

Gaffield, Julia.  “Complexities of Imagining Haiti:  A Study of National Constitutions, 1801- 1807.”  Journal of Social History.  Vol. 41, No. 1 (2007):  81-103.

—. Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after RevolutionUniversity of North Carolina Press, 2015.

—.  The Haitian Declaration of Independence:  Creation, Context, and Legacy.  University of Virginia Press, 2016.

Garraway, Doris L. Tree of Liberty: Cultural Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World. University of Virginia Press, 2008.

Garrigus, John. Before Haiti: Race and Citizenship in French Saint-DominguePalgrave Macmillan, 2006.

—. “Vincent Ogé Jeune (1757-91): Social Class and Free Colored Mobilization on the Eve of the Haitian Revolution.” The Americas 68, no.1 (2011): 33-62.

Geggus, David. Haitian Revolutionary Studies. Indiana University Press, 2002.

—, ed.  The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World.  University of South Carolina Press, 2001.

—. Slavery, War and Revolution: The British Occupation of Saint Dominque, 1793-1798Clarendon Press, 1982.

Geggus, David and David Barry Gaspar. A Turbulent Time: The French Revolution and the Greater CaribbeanIndiana University Press, 2003.

Geggus, David Patrick and Norman Fiering. The World of the Haitian RevolutionIndiana University Press, 2009.

Girard, Philippe. “Black Talleyrand: Toussaint Louverture’s Diplomacy, 1798-1802.” William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. LXVI, No. 1 (2009): 87-124.

—. “Caribbean Genocide:  Racial War in Haiti, 1802-1804,” Patterns of Prejudice Vol. 39, No. 2 (2005):  138-161

—. “Napoleon Bonaparte and the Emancipation Issue in Saint-Domingue, 1799-1803.” French Historical Studies 32, no. 4 (2009): 587-618

—. “Rebelles with a Cause:  Women in the Haitian War of Independence, 1802-04.” GenderHistory Vol. 21, No. 1 (April, 2009):  60-85.

—. The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon:  Toussaint Lovuerture and the Haitian War of Independence, 1801-1804. University of Alabama Press, 2011.

—. Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life. Basic Books, 2016.

Girard, Philippe R. and Jean-Louis Donnadieu. “Toussaint before Louverture: New Archival Findings on the Early Life of Toussaint Louverture.” The William and Mary Quarterly 70, no. 1 (2013): 41-78.

Ghachem, Malick W. The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Glaunec, Jean-Pierre. L’Armée indigene: La défaite de Napoléon en Haïti. Lux Éditeur, 2014.

Gonzalez, Johnhenry. Maroon Nation: A History of Revolutionary Haiti. Yale University Press, 2019.

Hazareesingh, Sudhir. Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.

Horne, Gerald. Confronting Black Jacobins: The United States, the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic. Monthly Review Press, 2015.

Jackson, Maurice and Jacqueline Bacon, eds. African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents. Routledge, 2009.

James, CLR. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. Vintage, 1989 (originally published in 1938).

Jenson, Deborah.  Beyond the Slave Narrative:  Politics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution.  Liverpool University Press, 2011.

Johnson, Erica R. Philanthropy and Race in the Haitian Revolution. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Johnson, Ronald Angelo. Diplomacy in Black and White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance. The University of Georgia Press, 2014.

Kadish, Doris Y. “The Black Terror: Women’s Responses to Slave Revolts in Haiti.” The French Review 68, no. 4 (1995): 668-80.

King, Stewart R.  Blue Coat or Powdered Wig:  Free People of Color in Pre-Revolutionary Saint Domingue.  University of Georgia Press, 2001.

LaCerte, Robert. “The Evolution of Land and Labour in the Haitian Revolution, 1791-1820.” In Caribbean Freedom: Economy and Society from Emancipation to the Present, edited by Hilary Beckles and Verene Sheperd, 42-47.Markus Wiener Publications, 1993.

Le Glaunec, Jean-Pierre. The Cry of Vertieres: Liberation, Memory, and the Beginning of Haiti, Jonathan Kaplansky, translator. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020.

Lentz, Thierry.  “Bonaparte, Haïti, l’echec colonial du regime consulaire.”  Outre-Mers: Revue d’histoire, Vol. 90, No. 2 (2003):  41-60.

Lundahl, Mats. “Toussaint l’ouverture and the war economy of saint‐domingue, 1796–1802.” Slavery and Abolition, 6, no. 2 (1985): 122-138.

Madureira, Luís.  “The Shadow Cast by the Enlightenment:  The Haitian Revolution and the Naming of Modernity’s Other.”  In Cannibal Modernities:  Postcoloniality and the Avant-garde in Caribbean and Brazilian Literature.   University of Virginia Press, 2005.  pp. 131-163.

Mongey, Vanessa.  A Tale of Two Brothers: Haiti’s Other Revolutions.” The Americas 69, no. 1 (2012): 37-60.

Nemours, Alfred. Historie militaire de la guerre d’indépendance de Saint Domingue. 2nd ed. Port-au-Prince: Éditions Fardins, 2004.

Nesbitt, Nick. Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical EnlightenmentUniversity of Virginia Press, 2008.

Pierrot, Grégory. “‘Our Hero’: Toussaint Louverture in British RepresentationsCriticism, vol. 50 no. 4 (2008),  581-607.

Popkin, Jeremy D. A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution. John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

—. Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Insurrection. University of Chicago Press, 2007.

—. You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

René, Jean Alix. Haiti après l’esclavage: Formation de l’état et culture politique populaire. Editions Le Natal, 2019. 

Scott, Julius C. The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian RevolutionVerso, 2020.

Sepinwall, Alyssa Goldstein, ed. Haitian History: New Perspectives. Routledge, 2013.

Smartt Bell, Madison.  Toussaint Louverture:  A Biography.  Pantheon Books, 2007.

Smith, Matthew J. Liberty, Fraternity, Exile: Haiti and Jamaica after Emancipation. University of North Carolina Press, 2014.

Spieler, Miranda.  “The Legal Structure of Colonial Rule during the French Revolution.”  William and Mary Quarterly Vol. LXVI, No. 2 (2009), p. 365-408.

Stahl, Aletha.  “Enfans de l’Amerique?  Configuring Creole Citizenship in the Press, 1793.”   Journal of Haitian Studies.  Vol. 15, No. 1 & 2 (2010):  168-179.

Taber, Rob. “Navigating Haiti’s History: Saint-Domingue and the Haitian Revolution.” History Compass, 13 (2015): 235250.

Thornton, John K.  “African Soldiers in the Haitian Revolution.”  The Journal of Caribbean History, Vol. 25, No. 1 & 2 (1991):  58-80.

—-.  “‘I Am the Subject of the King of Kongo’:  African Political Ideology and the Haitian Revolution.”  Journal of World History Vol. 4, No. 2 (1993):  181-214.

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of HistoryBeacon Press, 2015.

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. Ti Difé Boulé Sou Istoua Ayiti. 1977. Edisyon KIK, 2012.

Weaver, Karol K. Weaver.  Medical Revolutionaries:  The Enslaved Healers of Eighteenth-Century Saint Domingue.  University of Illinois Press, 2006.

White, Ashli. Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

*The above list was compiled by the editors of Age of Revolutions with further assistance from Kristen Block, Erica Johnson, Erin Zavitz, Rob Taber, Zachary Stoltzfus, and John Garrigus’s Zotero page, which has a formidable bibliography for anyone interested in Caribbean history.*

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