By Maurice Jackson, Jacqueline Bacon
Bringing jointly scholarly essays and helpfully annotated basic records, African american citizens and the Haitian Revolution collects not just the simplest contemporary scholarship at the topic, but additionally showcases the first texts written through African americans in regards to the Haitian Revolution. instead of being concerning the revolution itself, this assortment makes an attempt to teach how the occasions in Haiti served to provoke African americans to contemplate themselves and to behave in keeping with their ideals, and contributes to the examine of African americans within the wider Atlantic World.
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49 These responses and others will be discussed in detail in Maurice Jackson’s chapter in this volume. 50 Glover, “We’re in This Together,” 41. This page intentionally left blank 2 Afro-Â�American Sailors and The International Communication Network The Case of Newport Bowers Julius S. Scott In 1826, fifty years after the Declaration of Independence, as the last of the Wars of Independence in Spanish America and Brazil drew to a close, the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt’s Political Essay on the Island of Cuba appeared in print for the first time.
The Case of Newport Bowers • 29 Sometimes, simply the arrival of a ship from abroad could spark rumors and uncontrolled discussion of political events. Immediately after the French envoy Edmond Genet, who had been active in abolitionist circles in Paris, arrived in Charleston aboard the heavily manned Ambuscade frigate in April 1793, for example, “a variety of speculations and conjectures on her destination and errand, fully occupied the public mind,” in the words of one observer. ”13 American trading vessels moving in and out of the port cities provided another channel of information from abroad.
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