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The Abbe Gregoire and the French RevolutionThe Making of Modern Universalism$
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Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241800

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241800.001.0001

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Exporting the Revolution

Exporting the Revolution

The Colonial Laboratory in Haiti

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(p.181) Chapter 8 Exporting the Revolution
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The Abbe Gregoire and the French Revolution
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Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520241800.003.0009

Henri Grégoire's involvement with Haiti during the Restoration has much to teach about his vision of regeneration for the world during these years. Grégoire's Haitian involvement also yields a fascinating glimpse into the complexities of abolitionists' relationships with those they wanted to help. Grégoire was more progressive than his contemporaries in many ways. Even as his compatriots attacked him for his “Negrophilia” and treated Haiti as an outlaw nation, he applauded Haitian independence and thirsted for reports on the progress of civilization in Haiti. Although the abbé supported non-European peoples' efforts to resist colonialism, however, parts of his work helped provide ideological support for that colonialism and reinforced their international subservience. Grégoire's relationship with Haiti also sheds light on the legacy of the Revolution itself, by further demonstrating the links between revolutionary universalism and the nineteenth-century idea of the white man's burden.

Keywords:   Henri Grégoire, Haiti, regeneration, Negrophilia, civilization, abbé, colonialism, Revolution, universalism

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