Blue Coat or Powdered Wig: Free People of Color in Pre-Revolutionary Saint Domingue Reviews

Blue Coat or Powdered Wig: Free People of Color in Pre-Revolutionary Saint Domingue

By the late 1700s, half the free population of Saint Domingue was black. The French Caribbean colony offered a high degree of social, economic, and physical mobility to free people of color. Covering the period 1776-1791, this study offers the most comprehensive portrait to date of Saint Domingue’s free black elites on the eve of the colony's transformation into the republic of Haiti.Stewart R. King identifies two distinctive groups that shared Saint Domingue’s free black upper stratum, one

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