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Baron de Vastey and the Origins of Black Atlantic Humanism

  • Marlene L. Daut

Part of the The New Urban Atlantic book series (NUA)

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Introduction

Focusing on the influential life and works of the Haitian political writer and statesman, Baron de Vastey (1781-1820), in this book Marlene L. Daut examines the legacy of Vastey’s extensive writings as a form of what she calls black Atlantic humanism, a discourse devoted to attacking the enlightenment foundations of colonialism. Daut argues that Vastey, the most important secretary of Haiti’s King Henry Christophe, was a pioneer in a tradition of deconstructing colonial racism and colonial slavery that is much more closely associated with twentieth-century writers like W.E.B. Du Bois, Frantz Fanon, and Aimé Césaire. By expertly forging exciting new historical and theoretical connections among Vastey and these later twentieth-century writers, as well as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century black Atlantic authors, such as Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, William Wells Brown, and Harriet Jacobs, Daut proves that any understanding of the genesis of Afro-diasporic thought must include Haiti’s Baron de Vastey.

Keywords

Eighteenth-Century Anti-Slavery Literature Haitian Revolution Haitian Anti-Colonialism Eighteenth-century Haitian Writers Le Système Monsieur de Vastey

Authors and affiliations

  • Marlene L. Daut
    • 1
  1. 1.Carter G. Woodson InstituteUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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