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Unformatted text preview: James takes an original look at revolution by analyzing revolutionary potential and progress according to economic and class distinctions, rather than racial distinctions interweaves the goings on of the French Revolution with the Haitian Revolution, and relates the events and influences of each to one another. San Domingo is the ultimate French colony, and also the focal point of the African slave trade for the French empire. James shows in detail how colonialism creates many separate and distinct social classes in San Domingo. These social classes then become the basis for personal alliance to one group or another throughout the revolution. These sundry classes create the oftenshifting social structure of San Domingo, which structures itself, in James' view, according to economic needs of different classes, rather than racial divisions. o
One example of this is the leaning of the mulattos towards whoever presently holds the power. The mulattos were typically free and land owners, and, therefore, they wanted to maintain their social standing and, thus, their power. They would support the French if it looked like they were going to succeed in putting down the revolts because they already had a favorable standing amongst the white ruling class. If the slaves started doing well though, they would shift their support to them so that they would be able to benefit in the reorganized social structure. ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course MAP World Cult taught by Professor Aching during the Fall '08 term at NYU.
- Fall '08