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Theresa: A Haytien Tale (1827)

Toussaint L'Ouverture

Toussaint l’Ouverture, lithograph, United States, between 1830 and 1860


“Theresa; a Haytien Tale” (1827)
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1. Teaching Reflections

Carte générale de l'ile de St. Domingue, Ambroise Tardieu, Intaglio, Paris, 1802

Carte générale de l’ile de St. Domingue, Ambroise Tardieu, Intaglio, Paris, 1802

2. Classroom activities, assignments & Student Reflections

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  1. Covered a colleague’s class, with ‘Theresa’ assigned. Talking over archives and recovery, we pulled up the original from ‘Freedom’s Journal.’ Noting where the story breaks for serialization gave students a handle for the intersections of story and political work.

    Comment by Thomas Hallock — April 2, 2015 @ 7:18 pm

  2. […] years before Victor Sejour’s “The Mulatto” (1841), S’s serialized story “Theresa, A Haytien Tale” (1828) appeared in the Freedom’s Journal between January 18 and February 15, 1828. Now, […]

    Pingback by “Theresa, A Haytian Tale” and the “Tropical Sublime” | Interminable Rambling — October 20, 2016 @ 12:36 pm

  3. I just taught “Theresa” today, following a class on John Russwurm and Freedom’s Journal, in a sophomore literature survey. Having the background of Freedom’s Journal, as Thomas notes, opens up avenues for students to discuss the story’s relationship to ongoing discussions surrounding race and slavery at the time.

    Comment by Matthew — October 20, 2016 @ 3:59 pm

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