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A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804

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The idea of universal rights is often understood as the product of Europe, but as Laurent Dubois demonstrates, it was profoundly shaped by the struggle over slavery and citizenship in the French Caribbean. Dubois examines this Caribbean revolution by focusing on Guadeloupe, where, in the early 1790s, insurgents on the island fought for equality and freedom and formed allia ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published March 15th 2004 by University of North Carolina Press (first published 2004)
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Kosovan
This book was a slog but well worth it. In it, Dubois argues that slaves gained their rights as freed individuals by accepting a Republican identity in the 1790s. In addition, he argues that the universalism of French citizenship during the Revolution came, in part, from the acceptance of black slaves as citizens. As such, French citizenship cannot be understood just by looking at the hexagon, but it requires a more global context. This ambitious, readable account is a necessary piece of scholar ...more
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An interesting account of slavery and emancipation in the French Caribbean during and after the French Revolution. Unique in that it focused more on Guadeloupe and Martinique than on Haiti.
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Laurent Dubois (PhD. University of Michigan) is associate professor of history at Michigan State University. His book A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787–1804 won the American Historical Association Prize in Atlantic History and the John Edwin Fagg Award. He is also the author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution, which ...more
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