I created this website as a supplement to The Haitian Declaration of Independence in an Atlantic Context, a conference hosted and funded by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies in 2013. Since the conference, I have revised the website with the intention of sustaining a discussion about Haiti’s founding documents and their influences on the broader Atlantic.

You can find a summary of the conference at the Legal History Blog and you can also see a Twitter summary of the conference at David Armitage’s storified recap of the live tweeting from the conference (#HaitiDOI). Stay tuned for an edited volume entitled The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, (University of Virginia Press, forthcoming January 2016).

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About the Administrator:
Julia Gaffield is a recent PhD from the Department of History at Duke University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Georgia State University. Her book manuscript (UNC 2015) studies Haiti’s connections with the empires, nations, and colonies of the Atlantic during the crucial first years after the Declaration of Independence on January 1, 1804.


Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.38.45 AMJulia Gaffield, Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution, (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

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David Armitage and Julia Gaffield, “‘We must live independent or die’: The Haitian Declaration of Independence in an Atlantic Context,” in The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, Julia Gaffield, ed., (University of Virginia Press, January 2016).

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Julia Gaffield, editor, The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy(University of Virginia Press, January 2016).

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.55.17 AMJulia Gaffield, “Haiti’s Declaration of Independence: Digging for Lost Documents in the Archives of the Atlantic World,” The Appendix, (2014) 2(1). (Also available in Haitian Kreyol!)

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.56.31 AMJulia Gaffield, “‘Liberté, Indépendance’: Haitian Antislavery and National Independence,” in A Global History of Anti-Slavery Politics in the Nineteenth Century, William Mulligan and Maurice Bric, eds., (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013).

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 10.00.47 AMJulia Gaffield, “Haiti and Jamaica in the Remaking of the Early Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World,” William and Mary Quarterly, July 2012 69(3): 583-614.

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 1.27.09 PMJulia Gaffield, “‘Identif[ying] the Island in its new situation’: The struggle for Hayti to overcome St. Domingo,” Riveneuve Continents, Spring 2011 13: 80-86.

00000001Julia Gaffield, “Complexities of Imagining Haiti: A Study of National Constitutions, 1801-1807” Journal of Social History, Fall 2007 41(1): 81-103