Haitian Studies Association

Past Events

Silent No More: Women in the Haitian Revolution (May 15, 2024)


Note: This is not an HSA event. We are sharing the word as a service.


Join us on Zoom for a conversation with Dr. Crystal Nicole Eddins about the roles of women during the Haitian Revolution.

Wednesday, May 15 · 7 – 8:30pm ET | Zoom

In 1791, the eruption of the Haitian Revolution shook the world. It was the only revolt of enslaved people to abolish slavery and create a free and independent Black nation in the Americas. Enslaved women represented nearly half of colonial Haiti’s plantation populations and performed much of the same physical labor as their male counterparts. However, few women are identified in archival records as having taken part in the revolutionary struggle. This presentation draws on African and African diaspora perspectives to shed light on the ways that enslaved women may have contributed to the revolution for freedom and liberation.

Crystal Nicole Eddins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research has been supported by the Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellowship, the John Carter Brown Library, and the National Science Foundation. She is the author of Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution: Collective Action in the African Diaspora.

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