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The Saint-Domingue plantation, or, The insurrection : a drama in five acts

Author: Charles de Rémusat; Norman R Shapiro; Doris Y Kadish
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2008.
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"Based on events that began in Saint-Domingue on August 21, 1791, The Saint-Domingue Plantation; or, The Insurrection vividly dramatizes the genesis and outbreak of a slave revolt. When a representative of the French Assemblee nationale, Monsieur de Ten-dale, arrives at the Valombre family plantation to examine the condition of slaves in Saint-Domingue and to preach their liberation, he sparks a debate among the
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Drama
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Rémusat, Charles de, 1797-1875.
Saint-Domingue Plantation; or, The insurrection.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2008
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles de Rémusat; Norman R Shapiro; Doris Y Kadish
ISBN: 9780807149348 0807149349 0807133574 9780807133576
OCLC Number: 781615052
Description: 1 online resource (xxxvi, 169 pages) : 1 map
Contents: Introduction / Doris Y. Kadish --
The Saint-Domingue Plantation; or, The Insurrection --
Map of Saint-Domingue appears opposite page 1.
Other Titles: Habitation de Saint-Domingue, ou, L'insurrection.
Saint-Domingue plantation
Insurrection
Responsibility: Charles de Rémusat ; translated by Norman R. Shapiro ; with an introduction and notes by Doris Y. Kadish.

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"Based on events that began in Saint-Domingue on August 21, 1791, The Saint-Domingue Plantation; or, The Insurrection vividly dramatizes the genesis and outbreak of a slave revolt. When a representative of the French Assemblee nationale, Monsieur de Ten-dale, arrives at the Valombre family plantation to examine the condition of slaves in Saint-Domingue and to preach their liberation, he sparks a debate among the local cure and the Valombres - Monsieur, Madame, son Leon, and daughter Celestine - who disagree about how slaves should be treated and whether they should be freed. Meanwhile, rebellion brews on the plantation.

As the slave revolt unfolds, the play's white hero, Leon, realizes the discrepancy between his liberal political and philosophical ideas and the reality of his family's economic interests. The black hero, Timur, confronts the slaves' bloodthirsty desire to kill the masters, their resistance to his leadership, and the realization that freedom places heavy demands on him and the other insurgents."

"Translated into English by Norman R. Shapiro for the first time since its publication in 1825, The Saint-Domingue Plantation addresses a wide range of topics that anti-slavery activists raised during Charles de Remusat's time, including antitorture measures and slaves' access to the sacrament of marriage. An informative introduction by Doris Y. Kadish places the play in its historic and literary contexts, inviting further discussion and interpretation of this important work."--Jacket.

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