An illness: The Flu
  • The Flu is barely noticed until the congestion starts, then the fever, cough, and runny nose ensues. There's always a final hump you have to get over before you've shaken it completely, then there's the slow recovery.
    • First comes the contraction of the flu which is pretty much unnoticeable, but it's when the problem begins.
    • Next the influenza begins it's attack and you get a fever, a cough and a stuffed up nose.
    • Then the most excruciating part is when you begin to take back control and your symptoms all get worse.
    • Finally they begin to fade and you are on the road to recovery.
  • Other illnesses that follow a similar pattern include the common cold, a stomach virus, food poisoning, OR REVOLUTIONS!

Fever Model of the Haitian Revolution
Fever Stage
How this stage applies to the revolution you chose
The Incubation Stage
In a revolution, this stage would involve the political, social, intellectual, or economic causes. In some cases, these causes could fester for many years before showing themselves in the form of actual revolutionary action.
The Haitian revolution was caused by the fundamental imbalance in Haitian society. Slaves made up 90% of the population and were constantly oppressed and thoroughly deprived economically (in a system that produced great wealth). For this slave population, the most pressing issue was the termination of slavery and the social inequality associated with it.
The Symptomatic Stage
In a revolution, this stage would be the first to involve direct action resulting from the social, political, intellectual, or economic causes of the incubation stage. This stage might involve the publication of works calling for a change, street level riots by the common people, or more direct attempts at changing the society.

Seeking representation in the French National Assembly, the grands blancs sent representatives from the colony. Since voting was restricted to whites who owned twenty slaves or more, the policy kept out the petits blancs and lower. The
petits blancs, argued for political equality as Frenchmen (in a nationalist manner), while the grands blancs argued for their liberty to represent the colony – instigating a sort of civil war between town and country. Thus leaving both the gens de couleur and the slaves out of the conflict.
The Crisis Stage
In a revolution, this stage would be the make or break part of the struggle. It may involve conflict where sides for and against the revolution compete. This competition could take the form of debate or full-scale war. Successful revolutions survive this stage. Those that do not are usually considered failed rebellions.

After revolts by the gens de couleur – led by Vincent Ogé – a wave of racial discrimination and cruelty was triggered. The slave population seized the opportunity left by the political crisis and executed a coordinated rebellion in August 1791. Toussaint L’Ouverture (brilliant general and former slave), took control of the rebellion by 1794. Haiti proclaimed its independence from France in 1804, as a republic. The slave population demanded freedom and abolition of slavery. The whites, both grands, petits blancs and gebs de couleur, didn’t want to concede their slaves and privileges. The rebels accordingly drove them off the island or deprived them of their slave property.
In a revolution, this stage would involve recovering from the extreme disruptions of the crisis stage. In general, the political, social, intellectual, or economic causes of the revolution must be addressed in some way, though not necessarily to the satisfaction of all revolutionaries.

The Haitian revolution abolished slavery on the island and was the first major successful slave
revolt in the Atlantic world. L’Ouverture became known as a liberator and hero t the slave population of the Americas. Anti-slavery movements in Europe drew inspiration from the Haitian revolution’s success.