440 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 halftones, 1 table
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7684-5
Published: October 2023
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-7474-2
Published: October 2023
E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-7475-9
Published: September 2023
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Awards & distinctions
Finalist, 2024 Pauli Murray Book Prize, African American Intellectual History Society
In Awakening the Ashes, Marlene L. Daut situates famous and lesser-known eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Haitian revolutionaries, pamphleteers, and political thinkers within the global history of ideas, showing how their systems of knowledge and interpretation took center stage in the Age of Revolutions. While modern understandings of freedom and equality are often linked to the French Declaration of the Rights of Man or the US Declaration of Independence, Daut argues that the more immediate reference should be to what she calls the 1804 Principle that no human being should ever again be colonized or enslaved, an idea promulgated by the Haitians who, against all odds, upended French empire.
About the Author
Marlene L. Daut is professor of French and African American studies at Yale University.
For more information about Marlene L. Daut, visit the Author Page.
"[A] magisterial recounting of Haiti’s intellectual history . . . . The book is the latest in Daut’s constellation of works on the Caribbean intellectual tradition, and Daut is herself one of the most dynamic contemporary voices on Haiti."—Laurent Dubois, Los Angeles Review of Books
"By exposing the intellectual contributions of nineteenth-century Haitian scholars and leaders to our modern understanding of freedom and equality, Daut shows the ongoing racism of current intellectual genealogies and offers a new way of thinking about the fields of colonial and postcolonial studies."—Julia Gaffield, author of Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution
"Daut brings alive Haiti's fascinating intellectual history and shows brilliantly how Haitian thinkers shaped the culture and politics of their own country even as they transformed broader understandings of race, revolution, and the writing of history. This powerful and necessary book challenges us to think differently about the global history of thought."—Laurent Dubois, author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History