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In Free and French in the Caribbean, John Walsh studies the writings of Toussaint Louverture and Aimé Césaire to examine how they conceived of and narrated two defining events in the decolonializing of the French Caribbean: the revolution that freed the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1803 and the departmentalization of Martinique and other French colonies in 1946. Walsh emphasizes the connections between these events and the distinct legacies of emancipation that emerged through the narratives of revolution and nationhood passed on to successive generations. Part one concerns Toussaint's grasp of the limits of French Republicanism and his repositioning of the doctrine of the rights of man over against national sovereignty. Part two focuses on Césaire's reading of Toussaint as he confronted the issue of assimilation into the French Republic. By re-examining these figures in light of their multi-layered narratives, the book offers a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary problem of "free and French" in the Caribbean.

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In Free and French in the Caribbean, John Patrick Walsh studies the writings of Toussaint Louverture and Aimé Césaire to examine how they conceived of and narrated two defining events in the decolonializing of the French Caribbean: the revolution that freed the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1803 and the departmentalization of Martinique and other French colonies in 1946. Walsh emphasizes the connections between these events and the distinct legacies of emancipation in the narratives of revolution and nationhood passed on to successive generations. By reexamining Louverture and Césaire in light of their multilayered narratives, the book offers a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary phenomenon of "free and French" in the Caribbean.

About the Author

John Patrick Walsh is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Toussaint Louverture

1. Toussaint Louverture and the Family of Saint-Domingue

2. Under the Stick of Maître Toussaint

3. "Free and French": La Constitution de la colonie française de Saint-Domingue

4. Toussaint at a Crossroads: The Mémoire of the "First Soldier of the Republic of Saint Domingue"

II. Aimé Césaire

5. Césaire Reads Toussaint: The Haitian Revolution and the Problem of Departmentalization

6. Haitian Building: La Tragédie du Roi Christophe

Conclusion: Artisans of Free and French

Notes

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253006301
Author:
Walsh, John Patrick
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Walsh, John Patrick
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
African American; Caribbean; History; Latin America; Literature and Literary Studies; South America
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Blacks in the Diaspora
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 bandw illus.
Pages:
206
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 0.6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
History and Social Science » World History » Caribbean
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , In Free and French in the Caribbean, John Patrick Walsh studies the writings of Toussaint Louverture and Aimé Césaire to examine how they conceived of and narrated two defining events in the decolonializing of the French Caribbean: the revolution that freed the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1803 and the departmentalization of Martinique and other French colonies in 1946. Walsh emphasizes the connections between these events and the distinct legacies of emancipation in the narratives of revolution and nationhood passed on to successive generations. By reexamining Louverture and Césaire in light of their multilayered narratives, the book offers a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary phenomenon of "free and French" in the Caribbean.
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