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Date: Mar 10, 2021

Planter Power during the Era of the Haitian Revolution: Jamaica and South Carolina Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture Series: Lecture by Edward B. Rugemer, Yale University

Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture Series: Lecture by Edward B. Rugemer, Yale University

Abstract: The era of the Haitian Revolution saw the dramatic emergence of a dual threat to the slaveholding planters of the Americas — abolitionism from above and the Haitian Revolution from below. In the United States and the British Caribbean, the slaveholders of South Carolina and Jamaica led the defense of slavery, absorbed the threats of the era, and began the nineteenth century from positions of political and economic strength. Drawn from Edward B. Rugemer’s recent Slave Law and the Politics of Resistance in the Early Atlantic World, this lecture explains how the threats to slaveholding during the era of Haiti prompted masters to reconsolidate their power, prolonging the indignity of racial slavery for further generations.

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