The Haitian Revolution was perhaps the most successful slave rebellion in modern history; it created the first and only free and independent Black nation in the Americas. In this interview, Dr. Eddins book tells the story of how enslaved Africans, forcibly brought to colonial Haiti through the trans-Atlantic slave trade, used their cultural and religious heritages, social networks, and labor and militaristic skills to survive horrific conditions.
Analyzing underexplored archival sources and advertisements for fugitives from slavery, Prof. Crystal Eddins finds indications of collective consciousness and solidarity, unearthing patterns of resistance. The book fills an important gap in the existing literature on the Haitian Revolution.
Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution Collective Action in the African Diaspora is available for free as Open Access on Cambridge Core.