AVENGERS OF THE NEW WORLD

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - History - 357 pages
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The first and only successful slave revolution in the Americas began in 1791 when thousands of brutally exploited slaves rose up against their masters on Saint-Domingue, the most profitable colony in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Within a few years, the slave insurgents forced the French administrators of the colony to emancipate them, a decision ratified by revolutionary Paris in 1794. This victory was a stunning challenge to the order of master/slave relations throughout the Americas, including the southern United States, reinforcing the most fervent hopes of slaves and the worst fears of masters.

But, peace eluded Saint-Domingue as British and Spanish forces attacked the colony. A charismatic ex-slave named Toussaint Louverture came to France's aid, raising armies of others like himself and defeating the invaders. Ultimately Napoleon, fearing the enormous political power of Toussaint, sent a massive mission to crush him and subjugate the ex-slaves. After many battles, a decisive victory over the French secured the birth of Haiti and the permanent abolition of slavery from the land. The independence of Haiti reshaped the Atlantic world by leading to the French sale of Louisiana to the United States and the expansion of the Cuban sugar economy.

Laurent Dubois weaves the stories of slaves, free people of African descent, wealthy whites, and French administrators into an unforgettable tale of insurrection, war, heroism, and victory. He establishes the Haitian Revolution as a foundational moment in the history of democracy and human rights.

  

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Review: Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution

User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

As a fan of popular history: this book is readable and engaging. As a historian: Dubois' use of sources is masterful and his prose is engaging. I'm using this in a course and it remains to be seen how students will respond. However, I LOVED this book! Highly recommend. Read full review

Review: Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution

User Review  - Roy White - Goodreads

Not a pretty story, but a fascinating and important one. http://lippenheimer.wordpress.com/201... Read full review

Contents

Specters of SaintDomingue
8
Fermentation
36
Inheritance
60
Fire in the Cane
91
New World
115
Defiance
132
Libertys Land
152
The Opening
171
Enemies of Liberty
209
Territory
231
The Three of Liberty
251
Those Who Die
280
Out of the Ashes
302
Notes
309
Index
349
Copyright

Power
194

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About the author (2005)

Laurent Dubois is Professor of History and Romance Studies, Duke University.

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