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Palgrave Studies in Political History

The Early Haitian State and the Question of Political Legitimacy

American and British Representations of Haiti, 1804—1824

Authors: Forde, James

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  • Shows the importance of the first leaders and governments after Haiti’s Declaration of Independence in American and British debates surrounding political legitimacy
  • Argues that while race was a significant factor in the negative depictions of the early Haitian leaders by transatlantic commentators, this hostility was also reflective of a broader reaction to changes in governance and political leadership throughout the Atlantic world
  • Draws on a range of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary writers across literature, newspapers and periodicals to explore how the Haitian state was depicted in America and Britain
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This book explores the different ways in which the early Haitian state was represented in print culture in America and Britain in the early nineteenth century. This study demonstrates that American and British arguments about the most effective forms of governance and political leadership impacted how Haiti’s early leaders were presented to transatlantic audiences. From the end of the Haitian Revolution and the moment that Haitian independence was declared in 1804, conservatives and radical thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic used Haiti and its early leaders as central frames of references in discussions of political legitimacy. Against the backdrop of a vibrant and volatile age of revolutions, the different forms of governance adopted by Jean Jacques Dessalines, Henry Christophe and Jean Pierre Boyer were used by writers, playwrights and caricaturists to either support or call into question the legitimacy of America’s and Britain’s own forms of government. 

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James Forde received his PhD from Griffith University, Australia, in 2017, where he has also taught a range of history subjects. His research interests include transatlantic print culture in the early nineteenth century, and the impact of revolutionary movements on American and British political thought.


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Early Haitian State and the Question of Political Legitimacy
Book Subtitle
American and British Representations of Haiti, 1804—1824
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52608-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52608-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52607-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 218
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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