The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

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Penguin Books Limited, May 31, 2001 - History - 384 pages
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In 1789 the West Indian colony of San Domingo supplied two-thirds of the overseas trade of France. The entire structure of what was arguably the most profitable colony in the world rested on the labour of half a million slaves. In 1791 the waves of unrest inspired by the French Revolution reached across the Atlantic dividing the loyalties of the white population of the island. The brutally treated slaves of Saint Domingo seized at this confusion and rose up in rebellion against masters. In thisclassic work, CLR James chronicles the only successful slave revolt in history and provides a critical portrait of their leader, Toussaint L'Ouverture, 'one of the most remarkable men of a period rich in remarkable men'.

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The Haitian Revolution is such a cool but complicated historical event. This is a nice narrative of it, fiery and impassioned. CLR is clearly an admirer of Toussaint's and hopes for Haiti to serve as ... Read full review

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A great book about a surprisingly little known chapter of history. The glorious beginning of what would become the long sad story of Haiti. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

C L R James was born in Trinidad in 1901 and was one of the prominent figures in the West Indian diaspora. He wrote extensively on Caribbean history, Marxist theory, literary criticism, Western civilisation, African politics, cricket and popular culture. He died in 1989.
James Walvin is Professor of modern history at the University of York and is co-editor of the journal 'Slavery and Abolition'.

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