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The Black Jacobins: online Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo new arrival Revolution sale

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A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World.

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.

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In 1789 the French colony of Saint Domingue was the most profitable real estate in the world. These profits came at a price: while its sugar plantations supplied two-thirds of France''s overseas trade, they also stimulated the greatest individual market for the slave trade. The slaves were brutally treated and died in great numbers, prompting a never-ending influx of new slaves.

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

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"Brilliantly conceived and executed...The absorbing narrative never departs from its rigid faithfulness to method and documentation."

-- Books

"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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"Detailed, richly documented and dramatically written."--The New York Times

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A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World.
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.

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This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba.

About the Author

C.L.R. James was born January 4, 1901, in Trinidad. In 1918 James received his teaching certificate from Queens Royal College. One of his pupils, Eric Williams, was later the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. During the 1930s and after World War II, he covered cricket for The Manchester Guardian. In 1938 James came to the United States, but he was deported fifteen years later, during the McCarthy era. While interned on Ellis Island, James wrote Mariners, Renegades and Castaways: The Story of Herman Melville and the World We Live In (1953). His other books include Minty Alley (1927), World Revolution (1937), A History of Negro Revolt (1977), Notes on Dialects (1980), and At the Rendezvous of Victory (1984). The United States government allowed James to return in 1970, and became a member of the faculty at Federal City College in Washington. Before his death on May 31, 1989, in London, C.L.R. James was awarded Trinidad and Tobago''s highest honor, the Trinity Cross.

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Triniredz
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The Most Important Book on the Haitian Revolution!
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2020
A consummate classic written with extraordinary reverence. One can only wish to write this well for the purpose of academia, but I am alarmed at its placement as part of Dominican Republic History when it stands alone as a monolith of Haitian excellence. The fact that... See more
A consummate classic written with extraordinary reverence. One can only wish to write this well for the purpose of academia, but I am alarmed at its placement as part of Dominican Republic History when it stands alone as a monolith of Haitian excellence. The fact that Amazon did not care enough to assign it properly speaks volumes and ought to be confronted with most vigour for its swift correction. We continue to support epistemic silencing culminating in this kind of violence- a most unfortunate occurrence. Can we be cognizant of where this work and where this history accurately belongs???
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Learned of this book through Small Axe
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021
This book gets mentioned in both episodes 1 (Mangrove) and 4 (Alex Wheatie) of Small Axe. I am in the process of educating myself on quite a bit of history that "somehow" wasn''t covered in my K-12 or undergraduate coursework. Thirty years after the fact, trying to catch... See more
This book gets mentioned in both episodes 1 (Mangrove) and 4 (Alex Wheatie) of Small Axe. I am in the process of educating myself on quite a bit of history that "somehow" wasn''t covered in my K-12 or undergraduate coursework. Thirty years after the fact, trying to catch myself up. Excellent resource.
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Forgotten History Revealed
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
A tale told by a sympathetic Caribbean writer with a flair for language and superb descriptive skills. The Haitian revolution is one of history’s great forgotten moments and Haiti is a country that has never earned the respect of other former colonies for some racist... See more
A tale told by a sympathetic Caribbean writer with a flair for language and superb descriptive skills. The Haitian revolution is one of history’s great forgotten moments and Haiti is a country that has never earned the respect of other former colonies for some racist reason. This book will explain all and open the closed eyes of anyone who cares to forget that Haïti has fought harder than most for its place in a world that mostly chooses to ignore it. A gripping read.
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Prince Zaire
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Great Work
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2021
The author does an amazing job writing about the Hait''s history, great generals like Toussaint L''ouverture who''s only mistake after being undefeated after facing France, Spain, & the British. The author also does a good job at writing early context of life for an African... See more
The author does an amazing job writing about the Hait''s history, great generals like Toussaint L''ouverture who''s only mistake after being undefeated after facing France, Spain, & the British. The author also does a good job at writing early context of life for an African that was kidnapped and turned into slave, he gives details of their lives and world view, their connection to Africa, their connection to their spirituality. A lot of great men were made during those years, Dessaline, Henry Christophe, Capois La Mort, all men serving under Toussaint. After Toussaint was tricked by France and deceived, these men carried out and successfully executed one of the best if not the best revolution recorded. This is a story about human determination, the confidence of one man, and the codification of a people who refused to continue with human trafficking & subjugation.
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Paul Jennings
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A long-overdue read. CLR James'' review of The Haitian ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2016
A long-overdue read. CLR James'' review of The Haitian Revolution, brings clearly to the fore that after Toussaint''s heroics Black Slavery would no longer be tenable in the America''s. It is also a lesson in the historical betrayal of Progessivism by Liberalism. ''The Black... See more
A long-overdue read. CLR James'' review of The Haitian Revolution, brings clearly to the fore that after Toussaint''s heroics Black Slavery would no longer be tenable in the America''s. It is also a lesson in the historical betrayal of Progessivism by Liberalism. ''The Black Jacobins'' is a ''must-read'' for all who are part of the struggle to make ''emancipation'' a lived reality, particularly for the African Diaspora in the West.
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A MUST READ!
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021
THE ONLY SUCCESSFUL SLAVE REVOLUTION IN HISTORY. Gripping account of the Haitian slave revolt. Well documented. If you want to know the economics of rascism and reaction you will find it hear in the reactions of Britain, France, Spain, and the United States in their... See more
THE ONLY SUCCESSFUL SLAVE REVOLUTION IN HISTORY. Gripping account of the Haitian slave revolt. Well documented. If you want to know the economics of rascism and reaction you will find it hear in the reactions of Britain, France, Spain, and the United States in their cintinued efforts to subdue Haiti and send a lesson to anyone who dares challenge white economic power.
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Brian Koontz
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Worth re reading
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2016
I really like this book. I will reread this one over again several times.This is about the only time that slaves have ever successfully rebelled against their captors and formed a workable country of their own. Haiti is also one of the poorest counties in the West, but to... See more
I really like this book. I will reread this one over again several times.This is about the only time that slaves have ever successfully rebelled against their captors and formed a workable country of their own. Haiti is also one of the poorest counties in the West, but to see what these people came through and what they made of it it astounding.
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A Masterpiece of Historic Writing
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2006
I enjoy reading history books, and it is always good to pick one up and read about the events that shaped mankind''s developement. But every once in a long while, one comes across a history book that is so well written and engagin, that it becomes far more than... See more
I enjoy reading history books, and it is always good to pick one up and read about the events that shaped mankind''s developement.

But every once in a long while, one comes across a history book that is so well written and engagin, that it becomes far more than just a book recounting past events, far more than just a book one learns from, and instead becomes an experience, a book to enjoy! This is such a rare book.

I purchased it simply to have soemthing to teach me about Toussaint L''Ouverture and Haitian Independence, and instead got a book I could hardly put down.

Besides the excellent writing, what makes this book especially wonderful and memorable to read, is that James doesn''t just discuss the Haitian Revolt, but goes into details about the French Revolution, and its inner complexity and contradictions. He also touches often upon the more psychological dimensions of the struggle.

Now, as others have pointed out, James'' Marxism does tint his writing, but never to a degree as to give the impression that one is reading a dishonest or heavily biased account of events.

One minor, or perhaps not so minor, limitation of the book is that it does not treat the successful post-L''Ouverture Haitian fight and independence with the same detail as the previous times. I suppose for that one needs to take a look at other books, but nevertheless aside form the final events, all the history is right here covered brilliantly and with great insight.

Highly recommended, for anyone interested in Haitian history, as well as just good solid well-written non-fiction books.
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OluSnatch
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A Magnificent Opus For the Times
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 11, 2014
C.L.R. James'' seminal work is an incredible feat of scholarship and a real labour of love. The history of the split of Hispaniola (into Dominican Republic and Haiti) and the enduring impact of the events faithfully retold in this book should be compulsory reading for all...See more
C.L.R. James'' seminal work is an incredible feat of scholarship and a real labour of love. The history of the split of Hispaniola (into Dominican Republic and Haiti) and the enduring impact of the events faithfully retold in this book should be compulsory reading for all students of history, and indeed all those who wonder why Haiti is the poorest country in the world today. And in Toussaint L''Overture we have one of the greatest underappreciated historical figures - a man whose achievements in repelling waves of attempted manipulation and domination by the great powers of the day - Britain, Spain and France - despite a humble slave background and limited education, makes him all the more remarkable. As the leader of the revolution which resulted in the establishment of the first independent African Caribbean state and first black-led republic in the world as it then was, the story of Toussaint as was completed by his able and equally phenomenal lieutenant Dessalines is one for the ages, and C.L.R. James has superbly honoured their memory and achievements here.
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Peter Murrell
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A civilised, scholarly account
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2016
The opening description of the horrors of the slave trade is powerful stuff and very well done. As the book moves on to the life and campaigns of L''Ouverture I found the sheer degree of detail a bit overwhelming and I sometimes lost the thread of the narrative somewhat. My...See more
The opening description of the horrors of the slave trade is powerful stuff and very well done. As the book moves on to the life and campaigns of L''Ouverture I found the sheer degree of detail a bit overwhelming and I sometimes lost the thread of the narrative somewhat. My fault rather than the author''s. The book is a bit dated now, but James'' civilised nature and scholarship are worthy of a continued readership.
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Wonderful historical account!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2021
A wonderfully written historical account that has much to teach us about our current times. The racial descriptors are of the time it was written (1935), however this takes nothing away from the work. I''ll read it again some time!
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Brilliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 12, 2015
Fantastic book and very well detailed. Very helpful and makes me very proud of what was done to create the "new worlds" first black republic in a time where things were very unequal and still are.
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