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Weekly Clubhouse Lectures

The Land Question & the Triumph of the Haitian Republic (wk 8 – Mar 22, 2023)

Supplemental Readings

“Maroon Nation”

  • Chapter 6 Topics (Maroon Economy: Subsistence Production, Cash Crops, & Tax Evasion)
  • The End of Sugar Exports
  • Sugar in Early Haiti
  • King Coffee
  • Money Grows on Trees: Dyewood * Precious Hardwoods in Postemancipation Haiti
  • The Freedom of a Full Stomach
  • Haitian Crypto Culture
  • Living Off the Land
  • Commerce, Cottage Industry, & Counterfeit
  • Epilogue

The Land Question & the Triumph of the Haitian Republic (wk 7 – Mar 15, 2023)

Supplemental Readings

“Maroon Nation”

  • Chapter 5 Topics
  • Land & Freedom
  • Land reform for the Elite
  • Land reform for the masses
  • The Decommodification of Rural Land
    • Decommodification is defined as exit from the labor market with little or no loss ofincome, the land and labor, therefore, are protected from capitalistic forces. That’s what the transactions from the lakou are.
  • The Boyer Era (in which we smack him around a bit)
  • Republican repression
  • Renewed Instability (1843-48)

Echoes of the Revolution: Rebellion & Civil War in Early Haiti (wk 6 – Mar 8, 2023)

“Maroon Nation”

  • Chapter 4 Topics
    • Early incidents of disorder
    • Dessalines War on Vodou
    • Maroons & Runaways in Early Haiti
    • The Maroon Secret Societies
    • The Haitian Civil War

Supplemental Readings

Maroon Nation (wk 5 – Mar 1, 2023 – chap 3)


  • Neil Roberts, “Freedom as Marronage” [book]
  • Robert Lacerte, “The Evolution of Land and Labor in the Haitian Revolution, 1791–1820,” Americas 34, no. 4 (1978): 456. [article]
  • Julia Gaffield, “The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy,” [book]
  • Jeremy Popkin, “Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Norbert Thoret, and the Violent Aftermath of the Haitian Declaration of
  • Johnhenry Gonzales, “Maroon Nation”

Despotism & Forced Labor

  • Despotism & Forced Labor: Dessalines & the State-directed Plantation Economy
  • The Great estate in early Haiti
  • Population Loss & Labor
  • Slaves in the Land of Liberty
  • Roundups & Forced Labor Under Dessalines
  • The Carte de Sûreté: State-directed Class Formation
  • Punishment, Prison, & Forced Labor in Haiti
  • The Specter of Reenslavement
  • Emancipation w/o Free-Labor Ideology

Haitian Connections (wk 6)

Time PeriodSt DomingueGuadeloupeFrench GuianaMartiniqueRegion
1725 – 1750107,2295811,52049,202
1750 – 1775218,80023,6492,83028,194
1775 – 1791301,3202,2712,7224,967
Total: Colony660,32927,0248276110,073805,702 (Total/Region)
Number of West African captives who disembarked.
(source: Transatlantic Slave Trade Database)

Kongolese Influence on the Haitian Revolution (wk 5 -April 26, 2023)

Introduction (wk 4 – Apr 19, 2023)

Main Book

Supplementary Reading


  • We will finish up Chapter 2 next week

Supplementary Readings

The Making of Haiti (wk1)

the making of haiti

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