The Black Jacobins: Toussaint
L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James
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.