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At the Limits of MemoryLegacies of Slavery in the Francophone World$
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Nicola Frith and Kate Hodgson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381595

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381595.001.0001

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Haiti and the Memorial Discourses of Slavery after 1804

Haiti and the Memorial Discourses of Slavery after 1804

(p.109) Haiti and the Memorial Discourses of Slavery after 1804
At the Limits of Memory

Kate Hodgson

Liverpool University Press

Chapter six, by Kate Hodgson, focuses on the memories and legacies of slavery in Haiti, which in 1804 became the first post-slavery state in the Americas. It first examines the ways in which Haiti’s African heritage has shaped the memorialization of its slave past. It then looks at the tendency of the Haitian state to memorialize slavery through the lens of the revolution that brought about its overthrow and questions whether this memorialization is, in fact, a form of forgetting. Finally it considers early first-hand accounts of slavery by Haitian writers who lived through the period of French colonial slavery. Inevitably shaped by their subsequent experience of revolution, all of these Haitian sources can nonetheless help us to understand the impulse of radical rejection that forms the primary legacy of slavery in Haiti, and how, for subsequent generations of Haitians, the enslaved African, even in chains, never stopped being free.

Keywords:   Haiti, Slavery, Revolution, 1804, Maroon, Vodou, Memory

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