The Myth of Haitian Liberation: Hegel and the Iconographies of Blackness in French Revolutionary Visual Culture

Abstract: An undeniable paradox existed in eighteenth-century France between the escalating discourse of freedom and the continued practice of slavery in its Caribbean colonies. Even in the years after the French Revolution, in which the Enlightenment ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity had become axiomatic, there remained a glaring lack of reconciliation between these principles […]


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