An Islandwide Struggle for Freedom: Revolution, by Graham T. Nessler

By Graham T. Nessler

Reinterpreting the Haitian Revolution as either an islandwide and a circum-Caribbean phenomenon, Graham Nessler examines the intertwined histories of Saint-Domingue, the French colony that grew to become Haiti, and Santo Domingo, the Spanish colony that turned the Dominican Republic. Tracing conflicts over the phrases and bounds of territory, liberty, and citizenship that transpired within the colonies that shared one island, Nessler argues that the territories' borders and governance have been frequently doubtful and at the same time influential in the course of a tumultuous interval that witnessed emancipation in Saint-Domingue and reenslavement in Santo Domingo.

Nessler aligns the better-known historical past of the French part with a whole research and interpretation of occasions at the Spanish aspect, articulating the significance of Santo Domingo within the conflicts that reshaped the political terrain of the Atlantic international. Nessler additionally analyzes the thoughts hired by way of these claimed as slaves in either colonies to achieve liberty and equivalent citizenship. In doing so, he unearths what was once at stake for slaves and unfastened nonwhites of their makes use of of colonial criminal platforms and the way their figuring out of criminal issues affected the colonies' relationships with one another and with the French and Spanish metropoles.

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