A Tribute for the Negro; Being a Vindication of the Moral, Intellectual, and Religious Capabilities of the Coloured Portion of Mankind; With Particu

A Tribute for the Negro; Being a Vindication of the Moral, Intellectual, and Religious Capabilities of the Coloured Portion of Mankind; With Particu

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...The Spanish general, Hermona, had exclaimed, a few days before, on seeing Toussaint receive the sacrament, that God never visited a purer spirit; but now, confusion and terror reigned among the Spaniards, and the name of the Negro commander was reviled as it had before been honoured. It is hinted by historians that ambition was one cause of the defection of Toussaint; that he had little hope of rising to the rank held by Jean Fran 9016 in the Spanish forces, while he hoped for a great addition to his honours from the French general. Laveaux made him brigadier-general, but watched all his movements, fearing that a man who had once changed sides might be liable to change again. The power which Toussaint speedily obtained over the ignorant and barbarous soldiery, (the released Slaves, whom he commanded, ) was indeed wonderful enough to fix the attention of all who were around him, --the wisest and most experienced of whom were as much under the spell of his influence as the most degraded. It was by his observation of men's minds, and by his own decision of character, that he obtained this influence. He had not yet had the opportunity of showing valour: he was so far from eloquent that his words were few, and the utterance of them awkward and difficult; he had but just emerged from Slavery. But he knew that the Blacks wanted a leader, and he felt that he was the leader they wanted; and this conviction gave him a confidence in arrangement and action, which made him the master of all the minds about him. To assist him in his military operations, we are told in some curious notes written by his son, "that, imitating the example of the captains of antiquity, --Lucullus, Pompey, Caesar, and others, he constructed a topographical chart of that...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236625870
  • 9781236625878