Haiti's Influence on Antebellum America: Slumbering Volcano in the Caribbean

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Alfred N. Hunt

August 1, 2006

Louisiana State University Press




The Haitian Revolution began in 1791 as a slave revolt on the French colonial island of Saint Domingue and ended thirteen years later with the founding of an independent black republic. Waves of French West Indians--slaves, white colonists, and free blacks--fled the upheaval and flooded southern U.S. ports, most notably New Orleans, bringing with them everything from French opera to voodoo. Alfred N. Hunt discusses the ways these immigrants influenced southern agriculture, architecture, language, politics, religion, and the arts. By affecting the development of racial ideology in antebellum America, Hunt concludes, the Haitian Revolution was a major contributing factor to the attitudes that led to the Civil War.



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Funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation