The Fear of French Negroes
Transcolonial Collaboration in the Revolutionary Americas
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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This book was researched and written over many years, and the debts that I have incurred are numerous. Many thanks to the Library Com-pany of Philadelphia, especially Jim Green, Philip Lapansky, and Linda Wisniewski. It was a true pleasure to work there, where I first studied many of the primary sources, both textual and visual, that I used in ...
Preface: The Fear of “French Negroes”
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Billowing smoke and fire pour from an elegant plantation in ruins. Black figures armed with swords and bayonets battle uniformed sol-diers. Women, children, and an infirm elder flee empty-handed as they reluctantly leave their fallen menfolk behind. In the center, a male and female white couple looks back as a black insurgent pursues them; ...
Introduction: Mobile Culture, Mobilized Politics
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...empires in the Americas have always thrived, despite being closely reg-ulated and habitually proscribed. Given the climate of competitive mer-cantilist politics in the region, imperial officialdom militated against unmediated interactions between their colonies and other metropoles. However, contact, most importantly in the form of trade, was essen-...
1. Canine Warfare in the Circum-Caribbean
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As captured in the epigraphs, slavery in the plantation Americas was a “veritable state of war” between opposing factions: masters, whose rights were upheld by a legal, social, and cultural fabric of institutions that guaranteed their dominion over human beings designated as prop-erty, and the women and men compelled to work as slaves. Despite the ...
2. “Une et indivisible?” The Struggle for Freedom in Hispaniola
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In 1845, a local Dominican artist published one of the first engravings in the Dominican Republic (figure 10).1 General haitiano en marcha (Haitian General on the March) is striking for several reasons. First, the image is a visual representation of what both the creole plantoc-racy and metropolitan authorities most dreaded during the age of the ...
3. “Negroes of the Most Desperate Character”: Privateering and Slavery in the Gulf of Mexico
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In August 1817, a customs officer in New Orleans named Beverly Chew voiced grave concerns about the smuggling activity occurring in the Gulf of Mexico. In a letter to William Crawford, the U.S. secretary of the Treasury, he wrote: “I deem it my duty to state that the most shame-ful violations of the slave acts, as well as our revenue laws, continue ...
4. French Set Girls and Transcolonial Performance
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...clapping of the hands, are very well for once; but, the novelty Performative culture provides an excellent medium to study the dia-logues that took place between members of mobile black communities. The interconnectedness of the colonial landscape was evident in the signifying practices of an intellectual citizenry of musicians and their ...
5. “Sentinels on the Watch-Tower of Freedom”: The Black Press of the 1830s and 1840s
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Between 1830 and 1845 the political economy of American slavery came under renewed attack. Slave revolts such as Samuel Sharpe’s Bap-tist War (Jamaica, 1831–32), Nat Turner’s rebellion (Virginia, 1831), the Muslim Revolt / Revolta dos Malês (Brazil, 1835), and the Second Seminole War (1835–42) signaled a continuation of the armed resis-...
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Decades after the Haitian Revolution, stories of willing and forced migration across colonial frontier were still news. The May 1841 edi-tion of the Revue des Colonies opened with a five-page article recount-ing the vicissitudes of a family of manumitted slave women entitled “Un épisode de l’histoire de l’esclavage à la Martinique.” Although the ...
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Works Consulted and Discography
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The American Star, or, Historical, Political, Critical and Moral Journal (Phil-The Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine, Or, Monthly Political and Literary Journal des Révolutions de la Partie Française de Saint-Domingue (Philadel-Althea de Puech Parham Working Papers, UC MSS 517, Monsieur P., “Mon Odyssée.” Williams Research Center, Historic New Orleans Collection...
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Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: FlashPoints