Hayti was the measure: Anti-Black racism and the echoes of Empire in Josiah Royce’s Philosophy of Loyalty

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Abstract

In 1814, Baron de Vastey wrote in The Colonial System Unveiled: “When Europeans came to the new world, their first steps were accompanied by crimes on a grand scale, massacres, the destruction of empires, the obliteration of entire nations from the ranks of the living” (de Vastey 84). Jean Louis Vastey was a Black Haytien man born in 1781, who assumed the role of an administrator in Hayti after Jean-Jacques Dessalines freed the island from European rule. The Haytien Revolution, which was fought from 1791 to 1804, is the origin of Black theories of liberation from the nineteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-97
JournalThe Pluralist
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2021

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