WEEK 7: REVOLT
Your answers should be based on the readings and as complete and thoughtful as possible. You are strongly encouraged to include quotations from the readings and to elaborate upon the significance of the topic at hand. Please type your answers and submit them in class.
1. What (where) were some of the most important maroon communities described by Richard Price?
2. How did maroon societies (quilimbos, palenques) affect the New World colonies? Who were the rangers?
3. What are some of the differences between the accounts of the slave uprising and maroon communities in Suriname in Stedman’s Narrative as originally published versus what he originally wrote? (See New York Times review by David Brion Davis)
4. Franklin Knight, in his article on the Haitian Revolution, states that the American Revolution was more a political rather than economic or social revolution. What does he mean?
5. How can we view the Enlightenment and the French Revolution as precursors to the revolution in Saint Domingue (Haiti)? What were the key principles of the Englightenment and the French Revolution?
6. What does Knight mean when says that in Haiti on the eve of revolution there was neither class nor race solidarity? How does he break down the population demographically (e.g. petit blancs, gens de colour) and how were the interests of these groups at odds with one another?
7. What are the other slave revolts in addition to the Haitian Revolution that Knight mentions?
8. Why, according to Knight, was the Haitian Revolution uniquely successful?
9. According to the New York Times article “The Age of Revolution; Founding Fathers Dreamed of Uprisings, Except in Haiti,” how did American leaders like Thomas Jefferson view Haiti and its revolution? How did the Haitian Revolution impact the United States?
10. According to the article cited above, how did American leaders like Frederick Douglass view Haiti and it revolution? How did the Haitian Revolution impact the world?