I created this website with the intention of sustaining a discussion about Haiti’s founding documents and their influences on the broader Atlantic.

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Watch “Talking Scholarship with Julia Gaffield,” at the Forum for Scholars and Publics!

Watch “The Braided Histories of Cuba and Haiti: A Conversation with Ada Ferrer and Julia Gaffield,” at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, February 12, 2016


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. 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).
Winner of The Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society, 2016.

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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, 2016).

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


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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!)


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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).

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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.

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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