The Black Jacobins

Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

By Cyril Lionel Robert James; C. L. R. James; C. L. R. James
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780679724674, 448pp.)

Publication Date: October 23, 1989

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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.

About the Author
James was a leading figure in the Pan-African movement. He has been called the most distinguished West Indian of modern times.

C. L. R. JAMES (1901-1989) was author of Beyond a Boundary, The Black Jacobins, American Civilization, and Mariners, Renegades and Castaways, among other works. Edward Said called him "a centrally important twentieth-century figure," while Caryl Phillips said, "there is little doubt that James will come to be regarded as the outstanding Caribbean mind of the twentieth century."<br><br>ANNA GRIMSHAW is Associate Professor at Emory University and was C. L. R. James's personal assistant for the last six years of his life. She edited The C. L. R. James Reader and was co-editor of James's American Civilization.

Praise For The Black Jacobins

"Brilliantly conceived and executed...The absorbing narrative never departs from its rigid faithfulness to method and documentation."

-- Books

"Mr. James is not afraid to touch his pen with the flame of ardent personal feeling -- a sense of justice, love of freedom, admiration for heroism, hatred for tyranny -- and his detailed, richly documented and dramatically written book holds a deep and lasting interest."

-- The New York Times

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