Step 1. Please review the provided Haitian Revolution PowerPoint available in this week’s module.
Step 2. You are strongly encouraged to watch the following supporting documentary as well:The Haitian Revolution – Documentary (2009) (Links to an external site.)
Haitian Revolution PowerPoint Includes your Extra Credit assignment, also summarized below:
Step 3. Haitian Declaration and Coat of Arms
- Assume that you are a non-white Saint Domingan (Haitian) in 1791. Create a letter to France declaring your country’s demands or independence.
- Your letter must refer to conditions, and include at least 3 rights discussed during the enlightenment or other revolutions studied in class.
- Keep in mind that you are trying to persuade French assemblymen, who are white and middle-class.
- Your letter must include the date (1791), a greeting, and a salutation.
- You must also create a coat of arms that symbolizes the New Saint-Domingue (it must be neat, colorful, include 5 symbols, with explanations on the back and a motto).
- Include with your short letter, three things you learned from the PowerPoint and film that helped deepen your understanding of the impact on race relations and specifically, US chattel slavery as well as future rebellions.
To the National Assembly of France:
We the people of Saint-Domingue demand our independence from the tyranny of your rule. Long have you been on our soil and led our people in your ways. No longer. We declare our right to rule ourselves without influence from other nations or people. We know what is best for our people, and seek to follow our own ways. Our time together is at an end, no longer will we meekly comply with your governors, it is to your advantage to leave now. We vastly outnumber you and will cause you much damage. We declare our right to liberty, equality, religious freedom, and freedom from oppression. Our people cry out under thee…
A humble servant of the people of Lynnwood, Ms. Russell