The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution By C.L.R. James, David Scott Scott (Introduction by) Cover Image
By C.L.R. James, David Scott Scott (Introduction by)
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A powerful and impassioned historical account of the largest successful revolt by enslaved people in history: the Haitian Revolution of 1791–1803

“One of the seminal texts about the history of slavery and abolition.... Provocative and empowering.” —The New York Times Book Review

The Black Jacobins, by Trinidadian historian C. L. R. James, was the first major analysis of the uprising that began in the wake of the storming of the Bastille in France and became the model for liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of plantation owners toward enslaved people was horrifyingly severe.

And it is the story of a charismatic and barely literate enslaved person named Toussaint L’Ouverture, who successfully led the Black people of San Domingo against successive invasions by overwhelming French, Spanish, and English forces—and in the process helped form the first independent post-colonial nation in the Caribbean.

With a new introduction (2023) by Professor David Scott.

About the Author

C. L. R. JAMES (1901-1989) was a Trinidadian-born historian, literary critic, and philosopher, and a leader of the pan-African movement. A prodigious and eclectic intellectual, he debated Marcus Garvey in England, confronted Trotsky in Mexico, and influenced leaders of African revolutions including Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana. He is perhaps best remembered for his 1938 masterwork, The Black Jacobins, the first major analysis of the Haitian Revolution in the context of the French Revolution. In addition to his works of history and his political activism, he was known for sports writing, playwriting, and fiction; his novel Minty Alley, written in 1927, was the first by a Black person from the West Indies to be published in Britain and his 1963 book, Beyond a Boundary, has been hailed as the best book on cricket ever written.

Praise For…

“One of the seminal texts about the history of slavery and abolition. . . . Provocative and empowering.” –The New York Times Book Review

"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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679724674
ISBN-10: 0679724672
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: October 23rd, 1989
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Vintage