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The victorious Africans in St. Domingue daringly overthrew slavery.  In the process, these former enslaved women and men established the first independent black republic.  Their success posed a global threat.  Even before the revolution proved victorious, the revolting slaves caused alarm in the US, and other parts of the world. In 1797former President and slaveholder, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “If something is not done and done soon, we shall be the murderers of our own children.”  He cautioned that the “revolutionary storm, now sweeping the globe, will be upon us.” By 1805, Jefferson declared, “The West Indies appears to have given considerable impulse to the minds of the slaves…in the United States,” and he used the revolt as an example to alert on the dangers of abolition.

 

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