Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (Paperback)

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***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Avengers of the New World by Laurent DuBois discussion on Monday, May 9, 2022

What you don't know about the Haitian Revolution is a lot. And that's because white supremacy doesn't really have much interest in celebrating the first and only succesful slave rebellion in history. The Haitian revolution is such an incredible case study on what Black liberation and revolution can look like. The way that the majority of Afrikan slaves involved continued to reject anything less than total freedom and autonomy is so inspiring. The end of the revolution also comes with lessons on the systems and practices we have to reject in order to not recreate the same violent institutions over again. 

— From Social Justice Book Group


The first and only successful slave revolution in the Americas began in 1791 when thousands of brutally exploited slaves rose up against their masters on Saint-Domingue, the most profitable colony in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Within a few years, the slave insurgents forced the French administrators of the colony to emancipate them, a decision ratified by revolutionary Paris in 1794. This victory was a stunning challenge to the order of master/slave relations throughout the Americas, including the southern United States, reinforcing the most fervent hopes of slaves and the worst fears of masters.

But, peace eluded Saint-Domingue as British and Spanish forces attacked the colony. A charismatic ex-slave named Toussaint Louverture came to France's aid, raising armies of others like himself and defeating the invaders. Ultimately Napoleon, fearing the enormous political power of Toussaint, sent a massive mission to crush him and subjugate the ex-slaves. After many battles, a decisive victory over the French secured the birth of Haiti and the permanent abolition of slavery from the land. The independence of Haiti reshaped the Atlantic world by leading to the French sale of Louisiana to the United States and the expansion of the Cuban sugar economy.

Laurent Dubois weaves the stories of slaves, free people of African descent, wealthy whites, and French administrators into an unforgettable tale of insurrection, war, heroism, and victory. He establishes the Haitian Revolution as a foundational moment in the history of democracy and human rights.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780674018266
ISBN-10: 0674018265
Publisher: Belknap Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2005
Pages: 384
Language: English