RWBF:Chapter Twelve Development Notes

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  • Blackburn - The Haitian spectacle had an impact directly on the British consideration of slavery.
  • In the French Literary References to the revolution, the word "Revolution" was assiduously avoided in favor of words like "revolt, uprising, mutiny, perfidy, and fierce Africans." (Hoffman)
  • Until about 1794, colonies had been considered property of the Crown. Once the directorate accepted the idea that colonies were part of the mother country (like Ireland is to England), it caused a fundamental shift in how the French though about how to resolve issues in the colony. (Popkin) [In part, this confusion accounts for Toussaint's stutter steps in the dance towards independence.