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. The Black Jacobins has ratings and reviews. by Amy Wilentz The Big Truck That Went By by Jonathan M. Katz The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James.

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CLR James and the Black Jacobins

It was the people. There was much colonial political intrigue that I wasn’t expecting.

It’s considered one of the most important histories ever written. The Black Jacobins is more of an historical text than a literary text; however, as evinced by the dialogues it is involved in, it leads to numerous discussions between literature and history. Toussaint’s nickname and eventually surname, means “the opening,” which refers to the skilled general’s ability to tear holes through the lines of the French forces in the initial battles of the Haitian anti-colonial war, but also to the fact that he, like the author of this review, has a gap between his front two teeth.

Most would die on the slave ships or in the fields. James argues against the prevailing historiography of the time. They led the most successful slave revolt that blac the world during that time.

Yet while the free people of colour were quite economically powerful, politically and legally they were excluded and discriminated against. James examines the small privileged class of slaves. Toussaint was to be the most important recruit into the ranks of the slave revolt. Events such as the proletariat uprisings and the taking of the Bastille have heavy impacts on the Slaves of San Domingo.

Read it Forward Read it first. After reading this book it becomes impossible to think of the French Revolution without considering that its unfolding and its ultimate stillbirth is the result of the French revolutionaries’ inability to think of the Haitian slaves as actual human beings. And mulattoes and big whites had a common bond — property.

One of those dramatic moments in history that makes it hard to overcome cynicism about humanity. What he can do depends not upon his will but upon the degree of contradiction between the various classes, and upon the level of development of the material means of existence, of the conditions of production and commerce upon which class contradictions always repose.


His writing is impeccable, his research meticulous.

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James left us a great tool for analyzing our own struggles through this book. Revenge poisoning by a slave of a slave master was common, as was the avoidance of splitting up families by poisoning all but one son of a slavemaster so that there would jwmes but one heir. As discussed above, he was able to learn military tactics, leadership qualities, and how to act “civilized,” or “sophisticated.

Jacbins Napoleon had no use for a colony without slavery, and Toussaint’s slave army was forced to negotiate secretly with the English and fight off the French again, while the Spanish eagerly looked for a chance to take over. They undertook vast hunger strikes; undid their chains and hurled themselves on the crew in futile glack at insurrection. Still, it was riveting. Do you think I should read it now or some time later if it is a book which requires a good background in history?

This is a cool as hell book about one of k greatest mass movements in human history. He will direct our arms and aid us…listen to the voice of liberty, which speaks in the hearts of us all.

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Toussaint could not believe that the French ruling class would be so depraved, so lost to all sense of decency, as to try and restore slavery.

Or if a kinder master were leaving town, some of the slaves and the property cattle would be poisoned, so that the master would have to stay to sort out the mess. Uacobins this book we are given an in-depth look of how the country was impacted by the British, French, Spanish and American influence.

The words in quotation marks are those of James Walvin, quoted in Jqcobins,pviii. By blacck Equiano’s intertwining with Christianity, capitalism, and colonialism, Aravamudan shows the reader just how complicated Equiano’s position was. For its profound social history, it has become required reading for post-colonial theorists, pan-Africanists and anti-capitalists of all stripes.

Here he is a tragic hero, a figure so extraordinary it’s amazing to believe he existed at all. In drawing up a new constitution, he intended to authorize the slave trade, “because the island needed people to cultivate it.


From this wall continually rose thick black volumes of smoke, through which came tongues of flame x to the very sky. That psychological weakness, that feeling of inferiority with which the imperialists poison colonial peoples everywhere, these were gone. Just a couple more choice quotes to end with, not because I necessarily agree with them, but because they are both punchy and provocative, and a final rumination on the character of Toussaint that I’m not quite sure I understand and am still pondering: You might call it “bias” Aug 10, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: Inspired by Your Browsing History.

They would jwcobins the French if it looked like they were going to succeed in putting down the revolts because they already had a favorable standing amongst the white ruling class. What he can do contradicts all his previous actions, principles and immediate interests d his party, and what he ought to do cannot be done.

The Black Jacobins

Toussaint, looking always to the development of the blacks as a people, did not want to break from France. Few, if any, embodied this new spirit of solidarity and fraternity more than Toussaint Louverture himself. This idealism might be one reason it has become such an influential book. Carlyle, Thomas,The French Revolution: James wrote this as part of a set of books that set out to show the depth of anti-colonial spirits, to decentre Eurocentric histories and to tell the stories of the agency and success of the suppressed; this remains one of the most important works in his enormous body of work, a tale of successful action by the most oppressed to slough off kacobins chains and their oppressors, and to confront revolutionary France with the implications of its actions.

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That being said, it was a lot more dry than I expected and had I not read another history on Haiti first, I may have been pretty lost.

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