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Liberty or Death: Exploring Freedom through the Haitian Revolution

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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan

About This Lesson

The Haitian Revolution shocked the world. This event is a crucial part of our study of world history because it demonstrates how the concept of freedom may be interpreted; it provides an early example of “people power;” and it demonstrates that no matter how overwhelming the oppression, liberation is possible.

GUIDING QUESTIONS:

  • Why should students study the Haitian Revolution? 
  • How did different nations envision freedom? 
  • How does the Haitian Revolution compare to other revolutions of the late 18th century, including the French and American revolutions? 
  • What made this revolution a success? 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the social dynamics of colonial Saint-Domingue and the basic timeline of the Haitian Revolution 
  • Compare/contrast primary source documents from the French and Haitian Revolutions 
  • Consider the meaning of freedom as it applies to different historical events and movements 

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February 22, 2022
2.67 MB

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