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In this section, Charles Forsdick focuses on the ways (1) in historiography, but more notably in a range of other cultural representations, the legacies of the Haitian Revolution have been personified, singularized, and associated with individual leaders (most notably Toussaint Louverture); and (2) in these representations, accounts of popular resistance have been to a greater or lesser extent downplayed and obscured. Associated with this reliance on revolutionary heroism is a questioning of the extent to which an emphasis on the Haitian Revolution and the clear-cut judgments of success and failure to which this historical process often seems to lend itself have not only eclipsed other instances of resistance but also encouraged the development of a one-dimensional focus on autonomy and rebellion that denies the complexity of those various sites seen as dynamic “terrains of struggle” that characterize the everyday culture and geography of slave societies.

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