A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World. This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of. Jacobins. TOUSSAINT L’OUVERTURE AND. THE SAN DOMINGO REVOLUTION . SECOND EDITION, llEVISED c. L. R. JAMES. VINTAGE BOOKS. A Division of. Review of “The Black Jacobins” by CLR James . As the French revolution turned sour and the Jacobins were replaced by the Napoleonic.

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The planters hated the merchants and the governor because they enforced and benefited from the exclusif, the French monopoly on trade. R James did an exceptional job of putting a lot things in context and revealing the things that shaped this country into what it is today. His socio-political analysis and artistic vision are in such concord that there is no trace of any divergence. They were to learn their lesson, but not until decades had passes and thousands perished needlessly.

Faced with revolt on the eve of the invasion, Toussaint crushed the rebellion, further undermining his base of support among the Black workers, and executed Moise. Royalist forces won the day, repressed the masses, and scattered the Jacobin radicals who fled or went into hiding. The struggle for its preservation was begun not by the generals, but by the Black laborers.

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

But, even though Jefferson had close ties with France, that explanation still makes no historical sense? According to Montague, “The author’s sympathies and frame of reference are evident, but he tells his story with more restraint than can generally be found in works on this subject by others less plainly labeled”.

A book which brings the Haitian revolution and the characters involved to life. Top story Sean Petty. Seabrook, heralds James’s work as blacj public service for which he merits the attention due a scholar who blazes the way in an all but neglected field”. He also invited a group of free women of color to a party at which he jacpbins them that they had inadvertently participated in a funeral ceremony for their husbands whom Rochambeau had recently murdered.

Importantly he did not kill all the whites, sparing Polish soldiers who had abandoned the French to fight on the side of the liberation struggle as well as white experts he thought necessary for the new nation. I’m going on a Caribbean cruise in two weeks and I’m a guilty white liberal, so here I am reviewing “The Black Jacobins,” a milestone in post-colonial literature, a sensitive treatment of a complex man leading a totally improbable revolutionary movement, and the ultimate “fuck you” to white people.


Compared with what their masters had done to them in cold blood, what they did was negligible. The alignment with power was important throughout the revolution. This is about the only time that slaves have ever successfully rebelled against their captors and formed a workable country of their own.

View all 8 comments. Racial Distinctions Undeniably, yet not blindly Marxist, James follows an interesting path through the book. I am not a major reader of history books but in reading blacck I learned so much. And it is the story of a barely literate slave named Toussaint L’Ouverture, who led the ajmes people of San Domingo in a successful hlack against successive invasions by overwhelming French, Spanish, and English forces and in the process helped form the first independent nation in the Caribbean.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? He writes the history of places like Haiti the way they should always be written, as playing a part on a world-wide stage, deeply influenced by and deeply influencing other countries.

Oge appealed not to the slaves, but to jacobims big whites, hoping to convince them with arms that they held common interests as plantation owners.

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

In one letter that James quotes at length, sent by Toussaint to the Directory at a time when French colonists were conspiring to restore the slave system, Toussaint wrote that liberty was being assailed by the colonists under “the veil of patriotism”:. By contrast, his planned invasion of San Domingue was counterrevolutionary. Toussaint was a brilliant general, to be sure, but he wanted to be a brilliant diplomat as well. The Two jacobns and the “Social Contract”. He ruled for a brief period before the final war for independence.

Because, for James, class distinctions are stressed over those of race, he sees the French Revolution as not only a background, but a heavy influence on the Haitian Revolution as well.

Noble and generous working people of France… are jqcobins people whom the sons of Africa and the lovers of humanity will remember with gratitude and affection, not the perorating Liberals in France nor the… hypocrites in the British Houses of Parliament.

This mixture of total war and negotiation demoralized his generals who one after the other capitulated to Leclerc, beginning with Christophe. Oct 13, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Accordingly, as James noted: This might have seemed practical at the time, but does not make for exciting reading, and is certainly not good revolutionary policy. They aspired to join their fathers among the big whites.


Second Treatise of Government Hackett Classics. She benefits from a good Jamaican education, her and her father’s light-skinned benefits in the U.

Delafosse later wrote b,ack his memoirs: To fulfill their insatiable demand for workers, the European powers plundered Africa for slaves 12 million totalsubjected them to the horrors of the Middle Passage, and compelled them into the backbreaking toil of plantation labor.

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CLR James wished to see in Toussaint and the Haitian revolution a Lenin figure, and Toussaint at his weakest, was able to nlack him that satisfaction. Toussaint had crossed the Rubicon. He took advantage of Spanish support to acquire training and guns, and waited for the French National Assembly to decide where it stood on slavery.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Moreover, in Russia the proletariat did not arise gradually through the ages, carrying with itself the burden of the past as in England, but in leaps involving sharp changes of environment, ties, relations, and a sharp break with the past. Finally inFrance and Spain agreed to divide the island between themselves. For even all these masters of the spoken and written word, owing to the class complications of their society, too often had to pause, to hesitate, to qualify, Toussaint could defend the freedom of the blacks without reservations, and this gave to his declarations a strength and a single-mindedness rare in the great documents of the time.

The Africans brought with them their own religions which, in dialogue with Catholicism, formed the new fusion of Vodou.

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He does not pay enough attention to women or to the everyday actions of ordinary slaves. Jan 31, Brant rated it it was amazing Shelves: Join other followers.

This book tells the story of how the most spectacular of those revolts happened:

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