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Inequalities 1 Dealing with the inequalities of yesterday in today’s world Modupe Alle University of Florida
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Inequalities 2 Before the onset of the slave revolt of Saint-Domingue, currently known as Haiti, the island was one the largest, most populous, prominent, and economically wealthy possessions owned by the French. It exported mostly sugar but also produced small amounts of coffee, cacao, indigo, and, of course, cotton (Ferguson, 2009, ¶4). The massive number of slaves on the island in relation to whites— outnumbering whites 14 to 1—was always problematic to plantation owners and overseers (Trotter, 2001, p. 53). History shows that the enslaved people used a number of resistance methods before an actual, full-on rebellion, ensued. Since Africans had extensive knowledge of the topography, they would use plants contrary to their medicinal purposes to poison their masters (Trotter, 2001, p. 94). The enslaved people’s most powerful form of resistance, though, came in the form of escaping and running away (Trotter, 2001, p. 94). Not only that, bondspersons would use language as a form of resistance. Since blacks were forbidden from learning and being taught Standard English, they would advertently perform a duty or task wrong to show that they did not understand what was being asked of them (Trotter, 2001, p. 84). In this essay, I will explore how the initial revolution of Saint-Domingue resulted in other rebellions taking shape in other parts of the world as well as how those monumental events still have a footprint in the African American community today. The idea of revolting was not conjured up by mere happenstance or fortuitous
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course AFA 2000 taught by Professor Miller during the Spring '11 term at Alaska Pacific University.

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