Episode notes

The emergence of Haiti as a sovereign Black nation lit a beacon of hope for Black people throughout the African diaspora. Listen as Dr. Leslie M. Alexander reveals the untold story of how free and enslaved Black people in the United States defended the young Caribbean nation from forces intent on maintaining slavery and white supremacy. 

She focuses on Haiti’s place in the history of Black internationalism, illuminating the ways in which Haitian independence influenced Black thought and action in the United States. 

She said Haiti embodied what whites feared most: Black revolution and Black victory. Inspired, Black activists in the United States embraced a common identity with Haiti’s people, forging the idea of a united struggle that merged the destinies of Haiti with their own striving for freedom.

A bold discussion on Black internationalism’s origins, Fear of a Black Republic stitches together the Haitian revolution to the global Black pursuit of liberation, justice, and social equality.

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