It is only fair to set this off by noting that the Haitian Revolution is and continues to be underrated.  The Haitian Revolution deserves mainstream historical recognition as it was the most successful and far reaching revolution to date. Jeremy Popkin confirmed that the French and English shippers who supplied Saint-Domingue (modern day Haiti) brought slaves primarily from the coast of Angola, which included modern day Angola, Zaire, Congo- Brazzaville, and Southern Gabon. Due to harsh treatment and rejected proposals for political equality by the colonizers the slaves sparked a revolution. That came to be known as the Haitian Revolution.

The revolution was ignited from below, by the underrepresented majority of the population. A bulk of the supporters of the Haitian revolution were slaves and freed Africans who were treated unequally by society and the law. At the same time in Europe, a French Revolution was taking place. Professor Popkin suggested that The Haitian Revolution maintained its original goal of independence while the French Revolution went to the extremes and lost its original goal for creating a new form of representative government.  He acknowledged  The Haitian Revolution exploded as an aftershock of the French Revolution though.

The call for modification of society was influenced by the revolution in France, but once the hope for change found a place in the hearts of the Haitian people, there was no stopping the radical reformation that was occurring. The individuals in Haiti relied on no other resolution but their own. They also enjoyed the influential leadership of Toussaint Louverture who wrote a constitution granting rights to all the residents of Saint Dominique. Even though he was not fortunate enough to see independence for Haiti, the black leaders who came after him defeated the remaining French troops and declared independence in 1804. This was a major difference between the two revolutions the French Revolution aimed to get rid of the old order while the Haitian Revolution aim at self-governance.

Both revolutions completely threw out their former governments. Extreme brutality was a fundamental aspect of both uprisings. Mass riots and revolts were the order of the day. Violence in Haiti was largely characterized by military excursions, the killing of slave owners, and guerrilla warfare. Professor Popkin emphasized that The Haitian Revolution may be deemed similar to the American Revolution looking at both through the scope of the methods used during the revolts.  He admits that revelations about the Haitian Revolution keep surfacing with each day of research that goes into the subject.