• The Black Jacobins

  • Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
  • By: C.L.R. James
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (189 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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So you want a revolution?

The story of Haiti and the fight for liberty is a daunting tale of what is to be expected when rebelling against the tyrants of colonialism and imperialism. One that would do those who call themselves black in the US well to fully comprehend. With such comprehension they may be able to stop falling for the empty words of colonial leadership and identify them properly as such. To identify their current status in the U.S. as one of property that return profits that colonist would fight to death before liberating. To identify that as time has passed this master and slave relationship has only perfected itself to be subtle and even enjoyable without the context of history. Prime e

This book ultimately shows how the negro spirit has been successfully domesticated and docile. The heart of the Haitian rebels is long gone from the happily assimilated blacks we see today.

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Vital History Little Taught

Toussaint L'Ouverture was a great military leader, the Bonaparte of the West Indies. I bought a hard copy of the book so as to be able to compare the narrative to maps and to be able to check names of the figures where the well-pronounced French names don't stick clearly in the memory of a native Anglophone.

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just impressive!

absolutely impressive....I learned do much history..I have now a new found respect for the Haitian founding father.

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A blessed Reading

On of the best reads in this platform ! The narration was truly awesome . I loved it

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Black Jacobins

This book was excellent. I didn't realize that it dealt so specifically with the Haitian Revolution, but I learned so much as a consequence. This book really brings to life Toussaint L'Overture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines. At the end, I felt as if I was in the prison cell with Toussaint. It was such a horrible ending to a man who wanted Black liberation while still holding on to the dream that he could negotiate with France.

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Vital history that everyone should know

I've always wanted to read this and just couldn't find the time with a infant/toddler now I'm our lives. I was able to listen to this while working, which has been great. If you don't know this important and vital historical reference, you need to listen to this ASAP!

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Good History Lesson

I enjoy any history that helps me to better understand current situations. I have a much better understanding of why Haiti and the Dominican Republic are what they are today.

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Great book read like a Novel

Will read again. I gave a depth of knowledge about the Haitian Revolution I did not have.

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Life changing book

Everyone who wishes to understand modern history, colonialism, slavery and the legacy of all of this today in the world should read this book. CLR James’s writing and retelling makes the history compelling and interesting.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book

This book provides the ugly history of slavery in Haiti so that the reader can understand the bitter/sweet taste of Haitian independence.