Haitian Revolution Research Paper

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The Haitian Revolution of 1791 was a slave revolt in the French colony of Saint-Domingue which terminated slavery and established the Republic of Haiti. The Haitian revolution though brutal and harsh, was the only successful slave revolution, and conceivably the most significant moment in the history of African-Americans in the New World. One can argue that the Haitian Revolution was the Revolution that altered the way individuals saw themselves, and gave these individuals a sense of self-worth, and importance. The causes of the Haitian Revolution was the cruelty of slavery and the craving for Haitians and multi-racial individuals to achieve equal rights, the inspiration of the French Revolution of 1789, and social and political dilemma in the French colony of Saint-Dominque. In 1791, slaves rebelled against French rule, and in 1804 declared their country’s independence under the name of Haiti. As a result, the Haitian Revolution would go on to serve as a model for those affected by slavery throughout the world.…show more content…
The French Revolution provided slaves and Mulattoes with an opportunity and an inspiration after witnessing the prosperous rebellion in France against the government’s denial of equal representation of the Third Estate. The free mulattoes in Haiti deeply resented the creoles and the French, who treated them as slaves without rights. The declaration of the rights of man and the citizens led several leaders to petition the French National constituent assembly for Equal rights. Moreover, ideas such as representation, legal equality, citizenship, and participation in government also inspired salves and the mulattoes to revolt. The French Revolution spread like wildfire, and it was exactly what the slave and mulattoes needed to inspire their revolt.

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