The Revolution That Never Happened Essay

1284 words - 5 pages

1789 marked a historic year in the struggles against slavery in the French colony of Saint-Domingue. The French Revolution played an important part in influencing the Haitian Revolution of 1791; it gave way to the Haitian Revolution which consisted of many other separate revolutions that occurred at the same time. Saint-Domingue, now known as Haiti, had the most wealth in terms of crops that could be excavated by black slaves. Toussaint l’Overture was a former black slave who was forced to pick up these crops; little did he know he was the person who sparked the Haitian Revolution. Toussaint, the leader of the Revolution, was the first person to strike. He took on a white planter who was controlling slaves, on August 21, 1791. Many people during this time period wondered how and why this revolution took place, Michel-Rolph Trouillot even stated that it was unthinkable. In his book, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, Trouillot argues that the Haitian Revolution was and remains unimaginable today; the ideas of race and slavery are challenged, along with the ostracism of Haiti.
Trouillot argues that the Haitian Revolution was unlikely because it defied the idea of race in respect with slavery. His opinions are valid in that the black man was implied to be inferior to the dominant race in that time period, which was the white man; this is implicitly defined as racism. Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts, written by Bill Ashcroft, defines the term racism as: “a way of thinking that considers a group’s unchangeable physical characteristics to be linked in a direct, casual way . . . distinguishes between ‘superior’ and ‘inferior’ racial groups” (181). Trouillot and I would both agree that this statement is correct because racism would not be possible without race; the two main races he talks about in the novel are whites and blacks. I believe that the white man should not be in fault for the start of racism because they did not know any better at that time. Trouillot explains this in his novel: “Blacks were inferior and therefore enslaved; black slaves behaved badly and were therefore inferior. In short, the practice of slavery in the Americas secured the blacks’ position at the bottom of the human world” (77). The blacks did not ask for this position to be given to them; they were forced to take it. The white man secured themselves as the ‘superior’ and brought about the act of enslaving blacks and forcing labor on them. Since slavery has taken place it was highly unlikely that the blacks could run Haiti economically. They did not have the viable education in order to run a country.
Throughout the course of Trouillot’s novel, there are hints that if race was not a problem, there would not have been any issues with slavery. Blacks were captured and enslaved by whites. They were thought of being weak and without mind by the whites, so why would they begin the Haitian Revolution? Better yet, why wouldn’t they? The blacks...

Find Another Essay On The Revolution That Never Happened

Fairy Tale: The Princess That Never Laughs. Analysis included

991 words - 4 pages Once upon a time there was a magnificent kingdom, and in the tall tower there lived the most beautiful princess. She was living in splendor and riches. She had everything, everything her heart could wish for, but she never smiled, never laughed, it seemed nothing could please her.It was extremely sad for her father, the king, to look at his sorrowful daughter. He invited the entire kingdom to his palace ."Let them liven the princess that never

What was the main cause of world war I ? The four main causes were imperialism, militarism, alliances, and nationalism. Without these influences the war would have never happened.

848 words - 3 pages would have never happened. However, all four of these main causes were inspired and encouraged by nationalism.Nationalism is known as the love of ones own country. Through this love breeds an aspiration to be unsurpassed by any other country; which, in this case, resulted in the First World War. Each country sought to prove themselves by gaining more area, maintaining a superior army, or protecting their own imperiled land. No one wanted to be seen

The British Revolution That Didn't Happen

2637 words - 11 pages The British Revolution That Didn't Happen The definition of a revolution is the complete overthrow of the system, usually by force, by people not in power. The first period of instability at this time was 1789 - the French Revolution. It's been said that "this inspired many people and ideas; in particular it influenced the British to examine their own constitution and provided confidence in the possibility of change

Events That Led to The American Revolution

1374 words - 5 pages wanting to rid the colonies of British rule, but every colonist was taxed and oppressed by the British government. To list each reason that the colonists had to start a war with Britain would be impossible, but the main, igniting reason was that the British taxed and oppressed the colonists. Without the taxation of the colonists, the American Revolution would never have begun, and perhaps the world today would look very differently. Works

This essay explains the eight stages that Erik Erikson proposes that everyone goes through. I have given real-life examples that has happened to me.

2117 words - 8 pages their lives with acceptance and healthy relationships. Erikson believes a person, throughout their entire life span, never stops developing, until death. I personally agree with his theory.I have interviewed and/or observed four people that are at different points of Erikson's psychosocial stages to see how they are managing the developmental crises of that stage. My first observation was of a fifteen month old, whom I watched to see how the subject

Essay on the statement "That Australia should never have been involved in the Vietnam War."

982 words - 4 pages The controversial Vietnam War had a huge impact on Australian society in the 1960s and 1970s. Did Australia have to go there? Did we really have to invade a country that wasn't at war with us? The topic of Vietnam is very controversial because there is no real right side. Because we did go we stopped communism, but communism may have never reached our shores if didn't go. The war was unlike any other. But did we have to do it to save our way of

Does Shylock win your sympathy after all that had happened to him? "The Merchant of Venice" by Williams Shakespeare

564 words - 2 pages Antonio's flesh. However, just as Shylock is to receive his amount of flesh agreed, then Portia disguised as a lawyer, twists the bond and so results in Antonio remaining alive and Shylock losing most if not all his money.Is then Shylock , a villain who just happens to be a Jew, is he deserving of being ill-treated and prosecuted? After all that has happened, he surely wins my sympathy and to make things worst for him his own daughter, Jessica, who he

The Rights Revolution: The Conditions that Caused It

1103 words - 4 pages explanation. This is in contrast with other popular theories like the constitution-centered, judicial centered, or culture-centered. He explains the proper conditions that were needed for a rights revolution and illustrates why the democratization of access to the courts was important. He also rejects claims that the whole process was undemocratic. This paper will outline his arguments and provide a contemporary example in support of his"By the

The main economic concerns that triggered the American Revolution.

587 words - 2 pages This essay will talk about the American Revolution, as well as why, and to what extent; economic factors were the primary cause of the Revolution. This essay will talk about the many taxes that the colonies had to endure, the numerous acts that the British imposed onto the Thirteen Colonies, as well as the acts the British imposed in order to pay for the war on the colonies.The main economic concerns associated with the Thirteen Colonies were

KEY EVENTS THAT LED TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION This essay

624 words - 2 pages KEY EVENTS THAT LED TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION This essay list some of the major events in history and tells a little bit about them. The first event i am going to talk about is the Crusades. The Crusades took place in the year 1050 and lasted until the year 1250. The Crusades were a series of "holy wars" that took place over a time spand of 200 years. They were fought in the Roman Empire which is also known as the Holy Land. They started

The Cultural Revolution That Took Place in China

2252 words - 9 pages Overview In the last few years China is quickly becoming the country that has stolen all of the jobs from the United States. Maybe there is something to be gained from looking at how the Chinese people do things and what they view as important. The Cultural Revolution that took place in China greatly changed how the Chinese do things. Starting in 1966 this revolution ended how “Old China” viewed and did things. Mao Zedong had a different

Similar Essays

John Tyler: The Accident That Happened

1011 words - 4 pages once Harrison had perished, John was known as “his accidency”, which referred to the fact that he was never meant to be anything more than vice president in the first place. To come to a close, not only did I find out many exciting and interesting things about John Tyler, I also realized we are a lot alike. We are both stubborn, and like things done our way. We also both enjoy speaking our minds and try to put others before ourselves. However

The Fight That Will Never End

1688 words - 7 pages The Fight That Will Never End Abstract      In this paper I will be exploring and explaining the act of abortion. I will discuss the historical and analytical background by explaining pre Row versus Wade, and post Row versus Wade. I will be explaining this issue on a National level, and discuss how women’s role in society has changed dramatically since the famous trial. Introduction     &nbsp

If Canadian Government Spent More Time Helping The Country Become Bilingual, The October Crisis Would Never Had Happened.

1418 words - 6 pages . (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press , 1993), p. 64.]Once the topic of separation fades, Canada is again at peace with itself. Nevertheless, the whispers and thoughts never leave the minds of Québécois. Separatism is far from new, "it comes back periodically … [which] only proves that it is a feeling deeply embedded in" a Québécois soul. Canada's government is not doing enough to ensure, not only the heritage of Québec

The Irony Of The Republic That Never Existed

954 words - 4 pages The Irony of The Republic that Never Existed “The Republic One and Indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death.” This statement is best known as the slogan of the French Revolution and is mentioned as a popular quote in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The French revolution, (as told by Wikipedia) was a period of radical social and political upheaval in France from 1789 to 1799 that had a fundamental impact on French