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The French Revolution in San Domingo
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Originally published in 1914, this was Lothrop Stoddard's first book, and a very popular one in its day. It was also his PhD thesis, defended at Harvard University at a time when the science of human biodiversity, and eugenics, was at its height. The book is about race: specifically, the race war that took place in San Domingo during the 1790s, triggered by the revolutionary events in France; that resulted in the island's independence, following fifteen years of chaos and bloody conflict; and that, through the victory of the values of liberty, equality, and brotherhood so ardently desired by the Jacobins, resulted in the famously dysfunctional republic of Haiti we know today. Stoddard details not only the events that took place in what was once one of the most prosperous colonies in the New World, but also the complex dynamics resulting from the intersection of race, class, colony, and motherland. Stoddard's portrayal of the Whites is hardly flattering, and it becomes clear in his text how they were the architects of their own misfortunes. Could what happened then and there happen here sometime in the future? Can we legitimately draw parallels between this lost colony and the modern West? This is for the reader to decide. This new 2011 edition comes complete with a added index (the original text never had one), additional footnotes, modernized references and footnote format, an introduction by Professor Kevin MacDonald, and specially commissioned cover artwork by Alex Kurtagic.
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One clue to Haiti's poverty might be the total politcal chaos that ensues and has done since the Revolution--a reaction to the political vacuum left over resulting from the Revolution in France proper and mirroring many of the excesses of "the Terror."
The near immediate genocide of the white elite at the hands of the former slaves, and the disease-decimation of Napoleon's forces struggling to reunite the island with France led to economic and politcal chaos and the imposition of self-proclaimed emperors and dictators, many of whom fell victim to assassination, coup and exile.
Another element is outside interference, often in the name of "human rights"--twice from the US (1915 and 1994) alone.
A Mulatto elite is in a constant struggle for power against the ex-slaves who represent the bulk of the population.
Stoddard dispassionately chronicles the spiral into anarchy in this dispassionate--and highly researched--book. An indispesible addition to any library for anyone interested in history, culture, racism and human rights.