The Black Jacobins

The Black Jacobins Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

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Paperback (31 May 2001) | English

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Synopsis

In 1789 the West Indian colony of San Domingo supplied two-thirds of the overseas trade of France. The entire structure of what was arguably the most profitable colony in the world rested on the labour of half a million slaves. In 1791 the waves of unrest inspired by the French Revolution reached across the Atlantic dividing the loyalties of the white population of the island. The brutally treated slaves of Saint Domingo seized at this confusion and rose up in rebellion against masters. In thisclassic work, CLR James chronicles the only successful slave revolt in history and provides a critical portrait of their leader, Toussaint L'Ouverture, 'one of the most remarkable men of a period rich in remarkable men'.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780140299816
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
Edition: New Edition
DEWEY: 972.9403
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Sales rank: 6686
Number of pages: 363
Weight: 266g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 18mm