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Open the Door to Liberty!

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Open the Door to Liberty!

A Biography of Toussaint L'Ouverture

By Anne Rockwell; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780618605705, 64pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2009


The story of revolution leaderToussaint L'Ouverture of St. Domingue (now Haiti).
The island now known as Haiti was once a French colony called St. Domingue, where white plantation owners forced hundreds of thousands of African slaves to farm sugar cane. Toussaint L'Ouverture was one of those slaves . . . but not for long. The day would come when L'Ouverture would lead his island's slaves into a revolution for freedom, and his efforts would influence the course of world history.

Praise For Open the Door to Liberty!

"Christie’s stirring illustrations, including the cover painting of a triumphant L’Ouverture surrounded by his people, complement the dramatic tale."--Kirkus Reviews

"In this eye-opening biography, Rockwell makes a strong case that Toussaint L’Ouverture is one of the most overlooked heroes of the eighteenth century . . . Evocative paintings in primary colors help tell the story (the rendition of Toussaint in prison is especially poignant), while biographies and source notes make up the excellent back matter."--Booklist

"Altogether, this is a beautiful and captivating portrait of a leader whose story will probably be unfamiliar to most youngsters."--School Library Journal, starred review

"Rockwell succeeds admirably in explaining a complicated life, and the American-primitive-style drawings are a good match."--New York Times Book Review Bookshelf

"The brevity of the text and Christie's moving and sophisticated paintings . . . help bring the challenging political chaos within the reach of a young audience."--The Bulletin