Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution

Socialism 2016

July 01, 2016

The Haitian Revolution stands as the first and only successful slave revolution of its kind in history. Why were the African slaves successful in the most prosperous and important colony of the French Empire? Who was Toussaint L'Overture, the slave who became a military leader and ruler of the colony that would become the free Black Republic of Haiti?

Suggested Readings:
The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James
Avengers of the New World by Laurent Dubois
Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic by Ashli White
"The Black Jacobins" ISR Review by Ashley Smith |
"Revolutions" Podcast, by Mike Duncan |

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