October 23rd, 2014
Episode 407 of 550 episodes
The Haitian Revolution was an uprising in the French colony of St Domingue in 1791. Partly a consequence of the French Revolution and partly a backlash against the brutality of slave owners, it turned into a complex struggle involving not just the island's residents but French, English and Spanish forces. By 1804 the former slaves had won, establishing the first independent state in Latin America. But the revolution also created one of the world's most impoverished societies. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Kate Hodgson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in French at the University of Liverpool; Tim Lockley, Reader in American Studies at the University of Warwick and Karen Salt, Fellow in History in the School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen.