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GRÉGOIRE, H[enri]
De la Littérature des Nègres, ou, Recherches sur leurs facultés intellectuelles, leurs qualités morales et leur littérature; suivies de notices sur la vie et les ouvrages des Nègres qui se sont distingués dans les sciences, les lettres et les arts
Paris: Maradan, 1808. First Edition. Paperback. The Abbé Henri Grégoire, while never leaving Europe in his lifetime, played a significant role in the independence of Haiti as a leading member of the Society of Friends of the Blacks and in standing before the French National Assembly in 1789 and 1790 to argue in favor of the voting rights of "'mixed-bloods' (mulattoes) and free blacks...in the election of delegates representing the colonies in Paris" (Jean-François Brière, "Abbé Grégoire and Haitian Independence," "Research in African Literatures," Vol. 35, no. 2, summer, 2004, p. [34]). By 1791 the Assemblée had granted political rights to "mulattoes" born of free parents, though with a brief revocation of the concession a few months later, before finally reestablishing their rights in March, 1792. Following this success, Grégoire turned his attention to the abolition of the slave trade, believing that in doing so the abolition of slavery would smoothly follow suit. Instead, slavery was abolished in Saint-Domingue in August, 1793, with no extant law abolishing the actual slave trade, a disaster according to Grégoire that could only lead to violence. His final project in aiding the people of Haiti was "an ambitious project spearheaded...while he was Bishop of Blois, to unite Saint-Domingue with France's constitutional Church," collaborating with Toussaint-Louverture in 1796 in a failed attempt at bringing a cache of French clerics to Haiti under whom could be created a black clergy. Ultimately, Grégoire supported Haitian independence "because he opposed what he called 'co … [Click Below for Full Description]
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