Gabriel (1776 – October 10, 1800), today commonly – if incorrectly – known as Gabriel Prosser, was a literate enslaved blacksmith who planned a large slave rebellion in the Richmond area in the summer of 1800. Information regarding the revolt was leaked prior to its execution, and he and twenty-five followers were taken captive and hanged in punishment.
Thomas Jefferson to the Marquis de Lafayette, 1791. Writing in the context of the French and Haitian Revolutions, Thomas Jefferson discusses Haiti with Lafayette. Most interestingly, Jefferson denounces Independence for "the blacks" of Haiti in favor of French control. Curious, considering recent US independence. Why Independence for the US and France and not Haiti?