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#Docuhistory: PBS’s Egalité for All


Apr 09 2020


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Watch Party & Twitter Conversation

#Docuhistory- PBS's Egalité for All

PBS's Egalité for All

#Docuhistory with Laurent Dubois

The PBS documentary film, Égalité for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (2009), tells the story of the only successful slave insurrection in history. It grasped the full meaning of French revolutionary ideas — liberté, egalité, fraternité — and used them to create the world's first Black republic. It changed the trajectory of colonial economics ... and led to America’s acquisition of the Louisiana territory from France. "It" was the Haitian Revolution, a movement that's been called the true birth moment of universal human rights ... Keep Reading

We invite teachers, parents, and students to use this page to view the film and explore the related resources below as part of their curriculum or home-schooling.

The #docuhistory series aims to create an informal space where teachers, students, and historians can join together to watch a documentary and discuss teaching and learning about the film's subject matter. The series is organized by Joe Schmidt, New York City Department of Education, @HSGlobalHistory, in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

We held a viewing and discussion of this movie on April 9, 2020. You can browse the discussion by searching the #docuhistory hashtag or by checking in with the discussion moderator Laurent Dubois (@soccerpolitics). The resources shared through this conversation have been gathered by Joe Schmidt.

Resource List

Egalité for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (2009) | Watch on YouTube

The Revolution That Gave Birth to Haiti (English Version)

By Laurent Dubois and Rocky Cotard

A comic book (PDF format) written by Duke's Laurent Dubois and illustrated by the Haitian artist Rocky Cotard. The story was first published as a web comic in February 2018 on The Nib.


Why Haiti Should Be at the Centre of the Age of Revolution | Aeon Essays

By Laurent Dubois

Here is the challenge: to write a history of modern political thought and culture that can simultaneously – and equally – embody and communicate the perspectives of those who arrived in Virginia in the hold of the slave ship São João Bautista, of Thomas Jefferson and ...

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The Haitian Declaration of Independence

Haiti and the Atlantic World Blog by Julia Gaffield

The Haitian Declaration of Independence appears as an appendix in Julia Gaffield's edited volume The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy (UVA, 2016), pages 239-247. It is a transcription of the Haitian Declaration of Independence according to the official printed copies held at The National Archives of the United Kingdom ...

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Laurent Dubois

Duke University

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including…...

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