[Blackstudies-l] New Book—Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America

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ivetteromero posted: " James Alexander Dun’s Dangerous Neighbors: Making
the Haitian Revolution in Early America (2016), examines how the Haitian
Revolution shaped United States’ views of their own revolution, their
relationship with Europe (England and France), and left an i"
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*James Alexander Dun’s Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution
in Early America (2016), examines how the Haitian Revolution shaped United
States’ views of their own revolution, their relationship with Europe
(England and France), and left an imprint on domestic ideological battles. *

*Description*: *Dangerous Neighbors* shows how the Haitian Revolution
permeated early American print culture and had a profound impact on the
young nation's domestic politics. Focusing on Philadelphia as both a
representative and an influential vantage point, it follows contemporary
American reactions to the events through which the French colony of Saint
Domingue was destroyed and the independent nation of Haiti emerged.
Philadelphians made sense of the news from Saint Domingue with local and
national political developments in mind and with the French Revolution and
British abolition debates ringing in their ears. In witnessing a French
colony experience a revolution of African slaves, they made the colony
serve as powerful and persuasive evidence in domestic discussions over the
meaning of citizenship, equality of rights, and the fate of slavery.

Through extensive use of manuscript sources, newspapers, and printed
literature, Dun uncovers the wide range of opinion and debate about events
in Saint Domingue in the early republic. By focusing on both the meanings
Americans gave to those events and the uses they put them to, he reveals a
fluid understanding of the American Revolution and the polity it had
produced, one in which various groups were making sense of their new nation
in relation to both its own past and a revolution unfolding before them.
Zeroing in on Philadelphia—a revolutionary center and an enclave of
antislavery activity—Dun collapses the supposed geographic and political
boundaries that separated the American republic from the West Indies and
Europe.

James Alexander Dun teaches history at Princeton University.

Sources: http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15562.html,
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29772903-dangerous-neighbors and
http://newbooksnetwork.com/james-alexander-dun-dangerous-
neighbors-making-the-haitian-revolution-in-early-america-u-penn-press-2016/
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