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Author Le Glaunec, Jean-Pierre, author

Title The cry of Vertières : liberation, memory, and the beginning of Haiti / Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec ; foreword by Lyonel Trouillot ; translated by Jonathan Kaplansky
Published Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020


Description 1 online resource (xx, 216 pages) : illustrations
Series McGill-Queen's French Atlantic worlds series ; 5
McGill-Queen's French Atlantic worlds series ; 5.
Contents Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Figures -- Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: To Arms, Citizens! -- 1 The Battle of Vertières or "The Destiny of a Memory" -- 2 The Final Act of an Atlantic Revolution -- 3 Attempt at Reconstruction -- 4 The History of a Word That Doesn't Really Exist -- 5 "The Last of the Whites" -- 6 "As Long as There's One Negro Left" -- 7 The Symbol of Haiti's Strength and Survival -- 8 A Recent Place of Memory -- 9 Picolet, Fossé Capois, Vertières: In the Footsteps of Ancestors -- Conclusion: The Cry of Capois-la-Mort
Summary "This book tells the story of the Battle of Vertières, fought in 1803 between indigenous Haitian forces under the leadership of Jean-Jacques Dessalines and a French expeditionary army commanded by Napoleon. The battle marked the culmination of a thirteen-year revolutionary struggle to end slavery and the dawn of an independent Haiti. Yet despite its pivotal importance to the history of Haiti, France, and the Americas, the Battle of Vertières has been lost to history. The Cry of Vertières is the first book-length study of the battle, drawing from an array of sources including military correspondence, Haitian literature, art, and popular music. The event itself is recounted in vivid detail: it is a dramatic story of a volunteer army of former slaves, seeking the promises of freedom and citizenship held out by the revolution, defeating a colonial power determined to re-enslave them. The book also examines why the history of the battle has been suppressed in France - an act of erasure of a humiliating defeat - and why it remains fragile even in Haiti. Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec explains that today Vertières is both a key lieu de mémoire that embodies reconciliation, pride, and strength for the Haitian people, and a figure of speech exploited by politicians to reinforce their power. Describing a decisive yet largely forgotten moment in the revolutionary history of the Americas, The Cry of Vertières makes an essential contribution to the complex subjects of race, memory, colonialism, and cultural nationalism in present-day France and Haiti."-- Provided by publisher
Notes Translation of: L'armée indigène: la défaite de Napoléon en Haïti
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 17, 2020)
Subject Vertières, Battle of, Haiti, 1803.
HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / General.
Haiti -- History -- Revolution, 1791-1804.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Trouillot, Lyonel, writer of foreword.
Kaplansky, Jonathan, 1960- translator.
ISBN 9780228002796
Other Titles Armée indigène. English