The Haitian Revolution, and Slave Discrimination
As history has been created throughout the world, there is always one thing that seems to pop up time and time again. That thing is the patter of history, as one nation begins to open its doors to a new world, idea, or government every other nation seems to follow suit. That pattern is very clear throughout chapters four and five. As a few countries found themselves exploring the new world of mathematics, trade routes, and new forms of government each nation was right there with them. As you go through chapter four, this is a time you really begin to see these patterns come out. For example with Isaac Newton’s discovery great ideas are able to spread in a matter of years. You see this same pattern explode through the world as country and country begins to revolt against their old styles of government and join the new world in democracy. It is at this time that we see the Haitian people create their new constitution, the black salves shame the American people for a holiday they cannot celebrate, and the idea of a central government take the thoughts of every unhappy citizen.
Firstly I would like to take a look at the newly written Haitian constitution. As one of the primary sources we read, you learned that the French Revolution inspired the Haitian revolt. (Haitian Const.) Seeing that the Haitian revolt had a strong French background to it, there was also a little bit of enlightenment in it also. You see this in the Rousseau document where he states, “the sovereign in turn cannot impose and obligation on subjects which is not of use to the community.”(Rousseau) Similar to the Haitian ideas in their new constitution, that the government will not have the power it did in their time as slaves. It must be controlled justly, and if anyone tried to do so otherwise there is a system in place that will stop him, putting new people in charge. Though many of the revolutions and times of enlightenment had many things in...
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