The Revolution That Never Happened Essay

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1789 marked a historic year in the struggles against slavery in the French colony of Saint-Domingue. The French Revolution played an important part in influencing the Haitian Revolution of 1791; it gave way to the Haitian Revolution which consisted of many other separate revolutions that occurred at the same time. Saint-Domingue, now known as Haiti, had the most wealth in terms of crops that could be excavated by black slaves. Toussaint l’Overture was a former black slave who was forced to pick up these crops; little did he know he was the person who sparked the Haitian Revolution. Toussaint, the leader of the Revolution, was the first person to strike. He took on a white planter who was controlling slaves, on August 21, 1791. Many people…show more content…
I believe that the white man should not be in fault for the start of racism because they did not know any better at that time. Trouillot explains this in his novel: “Blacks were inferior and therefore enslaved; black slaves behaved badly and were therefore inferior. In short, the practice of slavery in the Americas secured the blacks’ position at the bottom of the human world” (77). The blacks did not ask for this position to be given to them; they were forced to take it. The white man secured themselves as the ‘superior’ and brought about the act of enslaving blacks and forcing labor on them. Since slavery has taken place it was highly unlikely that the blacks could run Haiti economically. They did not have the viable education in order to run a country. Throughout the course of Trouillot’s novel, there are hints that if race was not a problem, there would not have been any issues with slavery. Blacks were captured and enslaved by whites. They were thought of being weak and without mind by the whites, so why would they begin the Haitian Revolution? Better yet, why wouldn’t they? The blacks had the element of surprise on their side; even though they were mostly illiterate and without education, they were vast in numbers and could easily overrun the whites. Even Trouillot wonders: “The unthinkable is that which one cannot conceive within the range of possible alternatives, that which perverts all answers because it defies the terms under which
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