The French Revolution sent waves all the way across the Atlantic, dividing the colony's white population in 1791. The elites remained royalist, while the bourgeoisie embraced the revolutionary ideals. The slaves seized the moment and in the confusion rebelled en masse against their owners. The Haitian Slave Revolt had begun. When it ended in 1803, Saint Domingue had become Haiti, the first independent nation in the Caribbean.
C.L.R. James tells the story of the revolt and the events leading up to it in his masterpiece, The Black Jacobins. James's personal beliefs infuse his narrative: in his preface to a 1962 edition of the book, he asserts that , when written in 1938, it was "intended to stimulate the coming emancipation of Africa." James writes passionately about the horrific lives of the slaves and of the man who rose up and led them--a semiliterate slave named François-Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture. As James notes, however, "Toussaint did not make the revolution. It was the revolution that made Toussaint."
With its appendix, "From Toussaint L'Ouverture to Fidel Castro," The Black Jacobins provides an excellent window into the Haitian Revolution and the worldwide repercussions it caused. --Sunny Delaney
CLR James opens his work Black Jacobins as follows, "In 1789 the French West Indian colony of San Domingo supplied two-thirds of the overseas trade of France and was the greatest... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Duty, Honor Country
Great book about the history of the Haitian Revolution. Good read. Learned a lot about the French Revolution as well. Good incite to the rise of Toussaint.Published 1 month ago by Kervens Celestin
The story and the way it's told are both shocking. Black readers will look for a knife. The role of Napoleon is interesting. Of course it wasn't like that in Ole Miss'.Published 4 months ago by Bob of gulf point
i am reading this book simultaneously with a re-reading of "Tale of Two Cities." They go together so well that I wish that I were a history teacher and could use them for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carol Elkins
A true comprehensive history of Haiti from early colonial days to the 20th Century- very well written, excellent Job by the writer. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nicky Lindquist
CLR James wasted no time in beating around the bush , He was very precise. Its more like a horror story.Published 9 months ago by Paltoo Dass
READ THIS BOOK 25YRS AGO THIS IS THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING. PAST THIS KNOWLEDGE ON TO THE MASSESPublished 13 months ago by Benjamin A. June