Supplemental Materials

The Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Revolution explores the development of the American colonial world and one of the greatest wealth-producing colonies in world history. Students consider the different groups involved in the conflict, draw connections between events in Europe and the Americas, and reflect on the legacies of the only successful slave revolt in the history of the world.

Online Resources from the Choices Program

The Haitian Revolution Today
This is a free, online lesson for The Haitian Revolution that uses art, music, and literature to consider how Haitians today think about the Revolution.

Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.

Europe and Saint-Domingue Timeline
For use with the lesson “Digital Timeline: Europe and Saint-Domingue.”

The maps from the lessons “Mapping European Colonization of the Americas” and “Mapping Independence and Abolition in the Americas” are included, as well as maps of Haiti in 1804 and Spanish colonialism in the sixteenth century.

Graphic Organizers

The Haitian Crisis: Thinking Historically
In this Teaching with the News lesson students are challenged to think beyond the earthquake and consider the role of Haiti's rich history in the current crisis. Students explore the historical reasons for Haiti's poverty and its relationship with the United States.

Web Links

The Louverture Project
An open-content resource that includes encyclopedic entries, timelines, images, maps, and primary source documents.

World History Archives
Site with articles from around the world on the bicentennial of Haitian independence.

Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
Slavery and the Haitian Revolution

This site includes background information, images, statistics, and primary documents.


Dubois, Laurent and John D. Garrigus. Slave Revolutions in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A Brief History with Documents (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). 201 pages.

Fick, Carolyn E. The Making of Haiti: the Saint Domingue Revolution from Below (Knoxville: the University of Tennessee Press, 1990). 250 pages.

Geggus, David Patrick. Haitian Revolutionary Studies (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002). 220 pages.

Nesbitt, Nick. Toussaint Louverture: The Haitian Revolution (London, Verso: 2008). 116 pages.

Rouse, Irving. The Tainos: Rise and Decline of the People Who Greeted Columbus (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992). 172 pages.