Since the early 2000s, a number of scholars have been attempting to resuscitate the history of Hispaniola as a crucial nexus in our understandings of enslavement, emancipation, revolution, independence, and nation building in the Atlantic world. While in some ways the desire to dig deeper into contemporary debates on the origins of structural inequalities in Haiti or the purported Dominican racial hatred of Haitians has fueled scholarly reassessments of the histories of both sides of the island, the growing interest in Hispaniola among scholars has even more entrenched roots. For those who have become entangled with the island and its history, Hispaniola sits at the vanguard of all the most crucial debates over colonial rule, abolitionist revolution, and the struggles of the burgeoning nation-states in the Americas. Graham Nessler's An Islandwide Struggle for Freedom demonstrates the centrality of Hispaniola to these very...

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