Toussaint Louverture

Toussaint Louverture : A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions

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'In overthrowing me, you have done no more than cut down the trunk of the tree of liberty - it will spring back from the roots, for they are numerous and deep.' - Toussaint LouvertureThe leader of the only successful slave revolt in history, Toussaint Louverture is seen by many to be one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters who ever lived. Born into slavery on a Caribbean plantation, he was able to break from his bondage to lead an army of freed African slaves to victory against the professional armies of France, Spain and Britain in the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804. In this biography, Louverture's fascinating life is explored through the prism of his radical politics. It champions this 'black Robespierre' whose revolutionary legacy had inspired people and movements in the two centuries since his death.For anyone interested in the roots of modern-day resistance movements and black political radicalism, Louverture's extraordinary life provides the perfect starting more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745335144
  • 9780745335148
  • 942,250

About Charles Forsdick

Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool. He is author of Victor Segalen and the Aesthetics of Diversity and Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures (Oxford University Press 2001 & 2005) and co-editor of The Black Jacobins Reader (Duke University Press, 2016). Christian Hogsbjerg works at the centre for African Studies at the University of Leeds. He is author of C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain, editor of Toussaint Louverture, James's 1934 play, and co-editor of The Black Jacobins Reader (all titles with Duke University Press).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Toussaint Unchained: c. 1743-1791 2. Making an Opening to Liberty: 1791-1793 3. Black Jacobin Ascending: 1793-1798 4. The Black Robespierre: 1798-1802 5. The Harder They Come, The Harder They Fall...: 1801-1803 6. One and All: 1804- Notes Indexshow more

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'Documents his political life while mapping one stage of the dual revolution, presenting Toussaint as a black Jacobin revolutionary. An important text' -- Anthony Bogues, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Brown University 'A spirited, nuanced profile of this great revolutionary leader. The book provides a fascinating analysis of the range of reactions to Toussaint, from Wordsworth in 1802 to contemporary comic books and rap' -- Alyssa Sepinwall, Professor of History, California State University San Marcosshow more

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