Webwork 19 - Webwork 19: The Haitian Revolution Points: 50...

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Webwork 19: The Haitian Revolution Points: 50 Directions: The Haitian Revolution of 1791 was a major event in world history. For the first time, a group of "slaves" had taken over the management and governance of a country. It also caused a lot of fear around the Americas and led some people to think about the issue of emancipation for their slaves since the alternative (in their minds) could be worse. The major leader of the revolt was Toussaint L'Ouverture. You job is to interview him. Using the information from the two websites below, pretend that you are a journalist who is interviewing Toussaint L'Ouverture. Write a series of interview questions and answers. Your readers want to know who he is, why did he do what he did, what is in the future for Saint-Domingue (the old name for Haiti) and how is his revolution connected to the greater world such as the Americas and Europe. Suggested word length would be about 1000 to 1500 words. Background Information on Haitian Revolution of 1791 More Information about Haitian Revolution of 1791
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Mr. L’Ouverture, tell me about yourself from you war days. The Revolution began in 1789 when I was forty-five years old. I was not a young commander, but I had some apparent organization skills. How did you first become involved with this war? Well originally there were three primary generals. However, one of them was executed because he was far too violent. I on the other hand was just a medical officer who joined in 1791. I had no intentions of becoming a general, but the other generals saw that I had the “obvious” ability to organize, train, and lead men. Therefore I quickly became a general. I fought as an assistant general under one of the more superior generals, but I soon received my own troops. It is well known that you did not trust the French, yet after Sonthonax freed the slaves you switched to the side of the French Republic. Can you explain this? It is very true, I did not trust the French at all. In fact at one point I told Sonthonax, “We cannot conform to the will of the Nation because from the beginning of the world we have executed the will of a King." However, in 1794 I did switch to the side of the French. This did give more power to the French because all of my troops went with me. Unfortunately, I cannot reveal my reasons for switching because it may endanger me, but lets just say that it either involved me communicating with the French general, having problems with the Spanish, or knowing that the Spanish were on the losing side. No matter what, more and more of the people of color came back to the French banner. What type of upset did this sudden shift bring to the war? Why was it a problem that just you switched? My army fought guerrilla warfare, which meant that we attacked from secret positions in
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2011 for the course HIST 123 taught by Professor Mr.shmit during the Spring '11 term at St. Vincent.

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Webwork 19 - Webwork 19: The Haitian Revolution Points: 50...

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