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The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (Penguin History) Paperback – 31 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (31 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140299815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140299816
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1791, inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution, the slaves of San Domingo rose in revolt. Despite invasion by a series of British, Spanish and Napoleonic armies, their twelve-year struggle led to the creation of Haiti, the first independent black republic outside Africa. Only three years later, the British and Americans ended the Atlantic slave trade. In this example of vivid, committed and empathetic historical analysis, C.L.R. James illuminates these epoch-making events. He explores the appalling economic realities of the Caribbean economy, the roots of the world's only successful slave revolt and the utterly extraordinary former slave - Toussaint L'Overture -who led them. Explicitly written as part of the fight to end colonialism in Africa, "The Black Jacobins" puts the slaves themselves centre stage, boldly forging their own destiny against nearly impossible odds. It remains one of the essential texts for understanding the Caribbean - and the region's inextricable links with Europe, Africa and the Americas.

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The Black Jacobins is introduced by Professor James Walvin whose other books include Black Ivory, An African's Life, Making the Black Atlantic and Britain's Slave Empire.

'A starting point and an intellectual inspiration ... a classic of masterly historical writing.' James Walvin

'One of the last great polymaths ... has gained worldwide recognition for The Black Jacobins, his study of the slave revolt in Haiti.' Sunday Times

'The black Plato of our generation ... the founding father of African emancipation.' The Times

'Contains some of the finest and most deeply felt polemical writing against slavery and racism ever to be published, and it locates the Caribbean and Caribbean society firmly on the world stage.' Time Out

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