Article ID: CBB538973522

Caribbean-Atlantic Discourses of Race, Equality, and Humanity in the Age of Revolution (2019)

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As geopolitical warfare intensified in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, free individuals of African heritage increasingly disputed European ideologies that condemned them as naturally inferior and lacking in humanity. With the onset of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) and the Latin American wars for independence (1810-1825), individuals and groups of African descent circulated their own views. I argue that free Blacks from colonial Saint Domingue, Jamaica, and Cuba employed similar rhetorical strategies across the French, British, and Spanish empires. Their speeches, petitions, and declarations forged distinct Afro-Atlantic counter-discourses that proclaimed their equality and advocated for their human and civil rights.

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Authors & Contributors
Claborn, John
McCook, Stuart G.
Carey, Mark
Downs, Jim
Mulich, Jeppe
Iannini, Christopher Paul
Journals
Environmental History
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of Global History
American Historical Review
Journal of American History
Journal of Southern History
Publishers
University of Texas Press
Oxford University Press
New York, City University of
University of Toronto
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bloomsbury Academic
Concepts
African Americans
Race
African Americans and science
Slavery and slaves
Environment
Civil rights
People
Sloane, Hans
Humboldt, Alexander von
Crèvecoeur, St. John de
Bartram, William
Audubon, John James
Delany, Martin
Places
United States
Caribbean
Southern states (U.S.)
West Indies
North America
Atlantic world
Times
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century
17th century
16th century
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