This role play is modeled after “The People v Columbus, et. al.,” a trial that puts Columbus [and others] on trial for the murder of millions of Tainos on the island of Hispaniola in the 1490s. The focus of that trial, as with this one, is as much on historiography as it is on factual knowledge about events that have taken place. Students delve deep into ideas about “what really happened,” why who’s telling the story matters, how the story that gets told affects the way we (students, Americans, the world), might view not just the past but also the present. The Haitian Revolution of 1804 is the “only successful slave revolt in history, and resulted in the establishment of Haiti, the first independent black state in the New World.” Who should be celebrated for the success of the revolution? And why does this question matter?