Despite having attended a boarding school that claims to be one of the leading high schools in the United States and world (I say this not as a brag, but as a critique), I had never come across the Haitian Revolution until this lecture. However, this does not diminish the severity or significance of this Revolution in the slightest, and in fact causes further intrigue for its lack of acknowledgement in education. Furthermore, Professor Jeremy T. Popkin compared the Haitian Revolution to that of the American Revolution, and French Revolution, two of the most (objectively) covered and studied revolutions in global history. While I am now aware of the event, an important question to ask in response to this, is why wasn’t I before? If the Revolution had such profound effects, surely I should have learned about it? Professor Popkin spoke to this, sharing that those who take curiosity in the event are primarily African-American, allowing for the event to quickly dissipate from the minds of the eurocentric, white world. I fully stand with Professor Popkin in this regard, as this slave rebellion in Haiti marks an astounding moment in Haitian, and global history. Popkin also notes its negligence is potentially a result of how astounding a feat it truly was – one that may be deemed greater than the American Revolution, with slaves overtaking the ever-powerful, white, governmental leaders. In a form of censorship, are we washing away the successes of others to avoid being perceived as vulnerable? This continued, Euro-centric perspective is dangerous as it assumes a lack of inequality and the presence of a social hierarchy, one that the Haitian slaves worked so hard to remove. Seemingly, this is a revolution that should be acknowledge to an equal significance as the American revolution, if not greater. Despite not being an American victory, this revolution precisely stands for (what I believe are) the American values of equality and justice. The breaking down of social hierarchies, power structures, and racial inequalities are the exact example which the present-day United States could use, showing how truly forward-thinking and progressive this revolution was. This lack of acknowledgement of history is negatively indicative of our appreciation for international justice, potentially questioning our very values at home. However, it is also impossible to recognize the historic event, without acknowledging its downfalls. While the liberation was not as widespread as anticipated, this still serves as a moment of recognition, one that must be analyzed, celebrated, AND critiqued all at a much greater depth.