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The Black Jacobins

Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
Narrated by: Ron Butler
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
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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.

©1963 Random House, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

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A good recount of Haiti’s slave revolt.

I appreciated the insights into the character of Toussaint Louverture and the detail of the battles fought. After finishing this book, I sat in solemn reflection of the destruction, bloodshed, barbarity and cruelty that birthed Haiti’s independence. Yet, the courageous determination to be free at all costs inspires. The Marxist terminology used seemed contrived. Great book, though.