Effects Of The Haitian Revolution

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Turning the tides of racism and injustice in the Atlantic world, the Haitian Revolution 1791-1804 directly challenged and overcame European colonization; following a substantial and successful slave uprising, Haitians gained independence, but moving on is easier said than done, as is governing those persons. Years before acts banning the slave trade and even longer before the abolition of slavery, Haitians fought their way to independence, and they became a beacon of hope of overcoming subjugation, by proving that it was possible to the world and discrediting racist beliefs that Blacks were a lesser race. Reasonably, this powerful revolution proves to inspire on through the twenty-first century for individuals and art. One prominent string of Haitian Revolution inspired pieces may be found in numerous twentieth century American operas, such as Freeman’s Voodoo and Joplin’s Treemonisha; moreover, Ouanga directly address the aftermath of the revolution and its aftermath in by exhibiting the rise and fall of Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
John Frederick Matheus (1887-1982), Ouanga’s librettist, wrote poetry, plays, and short stories primarily concentrated on themes and characters significant to African-Americans. He was active during the Harlem Renaissance, a movement of African-American arts and literature in the 1920s; however, Matheus was not a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance nor did he ever live in New York. His plays especially focused on hardships and exploitation
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