John Garrigus in May 2023

I’m Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Harvard University Press is shipping copies of my book “A Secret Among the Blacks”:  Slave Resistance Before the Haitian Revolution.  You can read the Introduction and index using Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature.

In July 2023 the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull organized a virtual symposium on the book with a distinguished group of commentators.

Click here to for my 10-minute description of the book’s key findings.

A Secret among the Blacks charts three decades of resistance and environmental turmoil in the region where the Haitian Revolution began. It provides a new interpretation of the so-called Makandal poison plot of 1757-58. New archival discoveries show how the world’s only successful slave revolution grew out of people’s attempts to survive zoonotic disease, oppression, and malicious prosecutions. An Andrew Carnegie Fellowship (2019-21) and a year at the National Humanities Center (2017-18) allowed me to write most of this work.

You can see some of the book’s underlying research in my William & Mary Quarterly article about the devastating impact of livestock disease on enslaved people in Saint-Domingue’s North Province. It appeared in the October 2021 issue.

UTA Research Profile; Google Scholar Profile

Contact me at:
Department of History
Box 19529
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington TX 76019-0529
UTA History Office: (817) 272-2861