This website seeks to encourage the discussion about Haiti’s founding documents and their influences on the broader Atlantic.

About the Administrator:
Julia Gaffield is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Georgia State University. She received her PhD from Duke University in 2012. She is the author of Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World (UNC 2015) and editor of The Haitian Declaration of Independence (UVA 2016).


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Detail of Renée Stout, “Book of Paintings” (2017, Acrylic on wood panel), (photo by the author). This piece appeared in the Visionary Aponte exhibit. http://aponte.hosting.nyu.edu/visionary-aponte/

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  • Julia Gaffield was featured in a Member Spotlight in AHA Today from the American Historical Association

Describe your career path. What led you to where you are today? I enrolled at the University of Toronto in 2002 in the phys ed program and I played on the basketball team; I wanted to be a physical therapist. I quickly realized that I had no interest in anatomy, but I was fascinated by my history elective because it focused on analyzing primary sources. I switched majors. Read More–>

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Julia Gaffield, Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution, (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).
Winner of The Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society, 2016.

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

Articles and Chapters

Julia Gaffield and Philip Kaisary, “‘From freedom’s sun some glimmering rays are shed that cheer the gloomy realms’: Dessalines at Dartmouth, 1804,” Slavery & Abolition 38, no. 1 (2017): 155-177.

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, 2016).

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.