The climax of Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno climax speaks to a dominant discussion of the era: the relation and meaning of the Haitian Revolution to US democracy. Throughout the early to mid-nineteenth century, popular texts obsessed over the Haitian Revolution. Dr. Maisha Wester will argue that the Revolution challenged the righteous and radical nature of the American Revolution. Confronted with Haiti, Americans wondered if the new US democracy really was a rejection of colonial oppressions and systems; was their revolution complete?
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