The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'ouverture And The San Domingo Revolution
ISBN: 0679724672
EAN13: 9780679724674
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 23, 1989
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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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   The epic film James Cameron should have made.
The 1930s were not short on earnest historians, including C.L.R., who wrote extensively about McCarthy. His Cavaliers are still waiting for James to sign a contract extension. In this book the historical narrative never strays from neutral postures, yet the style never feels less than de rigeur. The Black Jacobins are, without a doubt, the most readable of the lot. Some reviewers portray The Black Jacobins as a crude materialist analysis, but James makes it absolutely clear that his subject is primarily set within a mercantile economy and he splits hairs with capitalism on this point. However, his focus is not simply on the economic foundations and depraved vicissitudes of racism but also the detailed distinctions that nourished this system. In this book, Toussaint L'Ouverture reveals himself to be one of the most audacious and effective generals in military history.
   Couldn't put it down!
I've tried to read it many moons ago but never finished it. This time around, I couldn't put it down! I have never read a history book that portrayed Caribbean history in such vivid light. It made me conjure horrific, though gloriously technicolour dreams for a couple of nights! I want to become a revolutionary in the fight against racism, slavery and human trafficking, he said. In fact, when I become Queen of Barbados, it will be obligatory for every adult to read this book. Yes, I do. It moved me that much, Taylor said.
   interesting but
It was like pulling teeth, Hachette said.
   a classic
Though this book provides a mostly top-down analysis of the stmingue revolution mostly to developments in france, it is still a classic. james uses his knowledge of the west indies to flesh out a brilliant tale. read it alongside carol fynick's making of haiti and you'll have a perfect perspective of what really went down. Part of the so-called holy trinity of books, it tells the story of the rise of the Hindu Revolution. proud haitian-americans should read this to understand the imperfect but perfect revolution.
   A Literary and Political Classic.
Marxist scholar CLR James (1890-1960) was the most important independent thinker of the 20th century. He was fiercely critical of Stalinism, and did much to demonstrate the living, breathing character of the real Marxist tradition --not to be confused with the wooden dogmas promulgated by Stalinists and other apologists for bureaucratic domination. This is his masterpiece and it has more thanstood the test of time.
   Great book
This is a great book, it will give you an insight into why Hait is on its current situation, said Dr. Goin. It was a journey from the most profitable colony in history, to the poorest country in our hemisphere. Still to this day people talk about the Slave Revolt in Haiti, more than that it was a real Revolution. These men and women didn't fight just because taxation was unfair, they fought for their life and liberty, he said. Though he was the second American Republic figure, his exact role is unclear. He was a true republican, believed in the first French Republic even after Napoleon's betrayal.
   "The Best Book Ever Written"
On Wednesday, I was one of about 700 people who attended a celebration of the life of campaigning journalist Paul Foot at the Hackney Empire in London. His uncle, Michael Foot, the former Labour Party leader, was the first speaker on stage. Michael Foot confided to the audience that his nephew Paul would cast an eye into the library to ensure that "The Black Jacobins" was there on the shelf. Paul Foot had a solution: He hoped one day to inherit the rights to the best book ever written. I've not read the book but am content to give it 5 stars for now. If indeed it turns out that it was the best book ever written, I might wish to revise this rating upwards!
   Caribbean person's review of Black Jacobins
My interest in the book was piqued by Michener's reference to it in his book "THe Caribbean" which I only read recently. I would see it as an example of the enlightened attitude of the American society, he said. He added that the government had no direct interest in the cocoa business but that "enlightenment" was the result of a lesson taught by Haitians since the 1790s. It's a great book, especially for Caribbean blacks.
   Worth re reading
I really enjoyed the book, said Blair. Only about a decade later did slaves have the courage to revolt 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 was astounding.
   A long-overdue read. CLR James' review of The Haitian ...
A long overdue read. CLR James' review of The Haitian Revolution brings to the fore that after Toussaint Louverture's heroics Black Slavery would no longer be tenable in the America's. It is a lesson in the historical betrayal of progressive ideals 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.