The Black Jacobins: Toussaint l’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined. And it is the story of a barely literate slave named Toussaint L’Ouverture, who led the black people of San Domingo in a successful struggle against successive invasions by overwhelming French, Spanish, and English forces and in the process helped form the first independent nation in the Caribbean.
“Mr. James is not afraid to touch his pen with the flame of ardent personal feeling — a sense of justice, love of freedom, admiration for heroism, hatred for tyranny — and his detailed, richly documented and dramatically written book holds a deep and lasting interest.”
— The New York Times
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