JCB Fellow's Talk: Jesús Ruiz
Jesús Ruiz, (Tulane University), Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow
"In the Shadow of Mystery": Royalism and Counterrevolutionaries on the Eve of the Haitian Revolution
The first successful slave rebellion in the world – The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) – is often linked with debates about enlightenment, abolitionism, independence, and discussions surrounding emancipation. This talk explores evidence that suggests the existence of a counterrevolutionary conspiracy in Saint Domingue, where royalist whites, mulattos, and free blacks sought to destroy French Republicanism in the colony and uphold the monarchy of Louis XVI. Such an event alters historiographical understandings of the ways in which African descendants from Saint Domingue conceptualized notions of rights and freedoms. It also demonstrates an elaborate transimperial conversation and entanglement with colonial Santo Domingo and the Spanish monarchy.
The Reading Room will close to researchers at 3:30 p.m.