The French Revolution in San Domingo


Lothrop Stoddard
The French Revolution in San Domingo
Introduction by Kevin MacDonald
Wermod & Wermod, 2011
454 pp

hardcover: $35

New edition of Lothrop Stoddard’s racialist account of the Haïtian Revolution. Originally published in 1914, this was Lothrop Stoddard’s first book, and a very popular one in its day. It was also his PhD thesis, defended at Harvard University at a time when the science of human biodiversity, and eugenics, was at its height.

The book is about race: specifically, the race war that took place in San Domingo during the 1790s, triggered by the revolutionary events in France; that resulted in the island’s independence, following fifteen years of chaos and bloody conflict; and that, through the victory of the values of liberty, equality, and brotherhood so ardently desired by the Jacobins, resulted in the famously dysfunctional republic of Haiti we know today.

Stoddard details not only the events that took place in what was once one of the most prosperous colonies in the New World, but also the complex dynamics resulting from the intersection of race, class, colony, and motherland. Stoddard’s portrayal of the Whites is hardly flattering, and it becomes clear in his text how they were the architects of their own misfortunes.

Could what happened then and there happen here sometime in the future? Can we legitimately draw parallels between this lost colony and the modern West? This is for the reader to decide.

This new 2011 edition has an index (the original text never had one), additional footnotes, modernised references, an introduction by Professor Kevin MacDonald, and specially commissioned cover artwork by Alex Kurtagic (Mister, The Revolt Against Civilization).

CONTENTS

Introduction by Kevin MacDonald

1. Introduction and Early History

2. Natural Features, Population, and Government

3. The Whites

4. The Mulattoes and the Color Line

5. The Slaves

6. The Eve of the Revolution in San Domingo

7. First Stage of the Colonial Struggle in France

8. The First Troubles in San Domingo

9. The Assembly of Saint-Marc

10. The Decree of May 15, 1791

11. The Negro Insurrection in the North

12. The Mulatto Insurrection in the West

13. The First Civil Commissioners

14. The Law of April 4, 1792

15. The Second Civil Commissioners

16. Sonthonax’s Rule in the North

17. Polverel’s Government of the West

18. The Destruction of Le Cap

19. Emancipation

20. The English Intervention

21. The Advent of Toussaint Louverture

22. The Third Civil Commissioners

23. The Mission of General Hedouville

24. The War Between the Castles

25. The Triumph of Toussaint Louverture

26. The Advent of Bonaparte

27. The Coming of Leclerc

28. The Coming of the Yellow Fever

29. The Last Phase

Bibliography

Index

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