The Black Jacobins: Toussaint l'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint l'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

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A classic and impassioned account of the Haitian Revolution--the first revolution in the Third World and the model for the liberation movements from Africa to Cuba.

 

"One of the seminal texts about the history of slavery and abolition. . . . Provocative and empowering." -The New York Times Book Review

 

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. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was legendary. 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.