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. 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, forthcoming with the UVA Press.
Please send suggestions and feedback and be sure to comment on the blog!
About the Administrator: Julia Gaffield is a recent PhD from the Department of History at Duke University. She is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Brandeis University for their Sawyer Seminar “Rethinking the Age of Revolution: Rights, Representation, and the Global Imaginary.” She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Georgia State University. Her dissertation “So many schemes in agitation”: The Haitian State and the Atlantic World studied 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 and was awarded the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association’s 2013 Dissertation Prize.
Julia Gaffield, International Indecision After the Haitian Declaration of Independence, (In progress).
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, Julia Gaffield, ed., (Forthcoming, UVA Press).
Julia Gaffield, editor, The Haitian Declaration of Independence, (Forthcoming, UVA Press).
Julia 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!)
Julia 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).
Julia Gaffield, “Haiti and Jamaica in the Remaking of the Early Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World,” William and Mary Quarterly, July 2012 69(3): 583-614.
Julia Gaffield, “‘Identif[ying] the Island in its new situation’: The struggle for Hayti to overcome St. Domingo,” Riveneuve Continents, Spring 2011 13: 80-86.
Julia Gaffield, “Complexities of Imagining Haiti: A Study of National Constitutions, 1801-1807” Journal of Social History, Fall 2007 41(1): 81-103.