Egalite For All By Toussaint Louverture And The Haitian Revolution

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Egalite for All Film Analysis

Egalite for All, a documentary about Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, tells the story of the only successful slave insurrection in history. It grasped the full meaning of French revolutionary ideas liberté, eqalité, fraternité and used them to create the world’s first black republic. It changed the trajectory of colonial economics and led to America’s acquisition of the Louisiana territory from France. Many aspects of this film pertained to the lectures and readings we discussed in class. In my opinion, the documentary does a great job of covering all the information in regards to the Haitian revolution and the events in Europe that connected to the Haitian Revolution. For example, the French
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Toussaint was financially secure, owning a lot of property in Haiti. He set that all aside to form an army of slaves to combat the French Empire initially, but then later the Empires of Britain and Spain for the next 12 years. Napoleon Bonaparte reinstitutes slavery after taking back France from the Revolutionaries. Napoleon Bonaparte sends 10,000 troops to Haiti in an attempt to regain control. His troops are wiped out by a combination of battle and Yellow Fever. Toussaint is eventually tricked into being captured by the French, and is imprisoned in France. Louverture eventually died in prison in 1803. The control of the revolution was left to Louverture’s trusted lieutenant, Jean-Jaque Dessalines who was very anti-white and was dead set on the elimination of all whites from Haiti. He declared independence for Haiti in …show more content…
The Haitian Revolution created a sense of fear all throughout the Caribbean. The idea of revolution in other colonies was punishable by death. Many colonies took precautions to prevent future revolution. One example was the promotion of non-Black emigration to these colonies in an attempt to dilute the majority Black population. After Haiti became independent, slavery was once again abolished in France’s colonies. The Haitian Revolution promoted a sense of equality among all but quickly after the Revolution had ended, Haiti slipped back into the three tier racial structure system. As explained by Brereton it wasn’t until the post World war era where we began to see this change. “Class stratification systems in the Caribbean after slavery, it is well known, were hopelessly enmeshed in racial division, and the simple three-tier structure corresponded to white/brown/black. Racism pervaded West Indian society in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and skin color was a crucial determinant of the West Indian’s life chances at least until the post war era” (Brereton 92). Compared to Haiti, other French colonies that remained under France had much more support financially, quality of life in other territories was much higher than that of Haiti. Many people migrated to the urban areas in an attempt to find work, this swelled

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