Along with millions of people of color and abolitionists, Haiti inspired Douglass to fight for freedom in America. His lifelong relationship to Haiti provide culminated in his service as United States Minister to Haiti in 1889 to1891.
The Civil War is sometimes called the Second Haitian Revolution. Pro-slavers feared Haiti, the enslaved and abolitionists found great hope from Toussaint Louverture and Haiti. This lecture details the actions of enslaved and abolitionists who were encouraged by the Haitian Revolution, Haiti’s own involvement in offering freedom to people of color, and why Haiti was so important to keeping alive the hope that all Americans would be free. Thousands of African Americans, including the grandfather of W.E.B. Dubois, emigrated there. American leaders who wrote and spoke of their admiration for Louverture include John Brown, Martin Delaney, Frederick Douglass, Charlotte Forten, William Lloyd Garrison, Prince Hall, John Mercer Langston, Wendell Phillips, Senator Charles Sumner, Denmark Vesey and David Walker.
The lecture builds upon two CDG offerings, HAITI’S FORTS OF FREEDOM and HAITI AND THE CIVIL WAR.