“Saint-Domingue Number Two”

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“Saint-Domingue Number Two” The Haitian Revolution was one the most influential transformations that took place in the early nineteenth century. Toussaint Louverture, the founding father of the revolution, inspired many Americans and slaves to revolt and speak out for the abolishment of slavery. In Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: The Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution by Matthew Clavin, it is explained how the memory of the Haitian Revolution, along with Toussaint Louverture, helped ignite the fire within Americans to start the Civil War and how the revolution impacted the war’s transformation. During the Antebellum South, slavery became so vital that southern slave owners were willing to fight to keep their slaves. While Inventions, such as the cotton gin, enhanced the necessity for slaves in the south, slavery was disappearing from the rest of the world. This is why slavery was called the ‘Peculiar Institution’. Americans that did not live in the south or see the true colors of slavery believed that paternalism existed in there, which delayed violence and revolting needed to start the revolution. It was due to the influence of the Haitian Revolution that allowed Americans and slaves to use more violent tactics to get their point across. Violence played a huge role in the outcome of the Civil War. If abolitionists continued using moral-suasion to fight slavery, the outcome of the war would have been very different. “More than half a century after the violent end of slavery of Haiti they remained committed to the conservative tactic of moral suasion” (36). Eventually “American abolitionists had run out of patience” and realized that moral suasion was delaying abolishment, and other tactics were needed if they wanted to win the war against slavery (39). Like “the electric spark, which fired [Toussaint’s] soul” and inspired many
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