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Chapter 9 - The Haitian and American Revolutions and Black Historical Writing at Mid-Century

from Part II - Generic Transitions and Textual Circulation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 April 2021

Teresa Zackodnik
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University of Alberta
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Often Haiti is understood as the central Black revolutionary touchstone for the time, and though Stephen Gilroy Hall examines the ways in which African American writers such as James McCune Smith, William Wells Brown, and George Vashon presented Haiti as “offering instructive lessons about the possibility” of revolution, he also considers the way in which Haiti was activated alongside the American Revolution through the writings of William C. Nell. Importantly, these writers turned to revolutionary pasts as interventions in their historical present when the threat of slavery’s expansion made for what Hall calls “an antislavery war” waged in African American historical writing.

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Print publication year: 2021

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