Revolutionary France and Haiti, 1787–1804

Veüe et perspective du Cap François leué en 1723. VAULT Ayer MS map 30 sheet 70

Veüe et perspective du Cap François leué en 1723. Ayer MS map 30 sheet 70 (VAULT)

This exhibit reminds us that the revolution in Haiti may be as powerful a reminder of local organization against unjust political practices as the French Revolution ever was. Taking cues from the thinkers behind the French constitution and the Third Estate’s ultimate rise to power, the Haitian revolution epitomizes the popular demand for basic human rights like liberty and equality. Explore this monumental event in maps, images and documents from the Newberry’s own collection.

The gallery exhibition was inspired and funded in part by “Revolution and the Making of Identities: France and Haiti, 1787-1804” a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar held at the Library in 2006.

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The gallery exhibition was on view at the Newberry from February 10 to March 13, 2007.

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