[Blackstudies-l] New Book—“Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions”

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ivetteromero posted: " University of Chicago Press recently published a new
biography Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions
(2017) by Charles Forsdick and Christian Høgsbjerg. Alyssa Sepinwall
(California State University San Marcos) writes: "This ex"
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*University of Chicago Press recently published a new biography Toussaint
Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions (2017) by Charles
Forsdick and Christian Høgsbjerg. Alyssa Sepinwall (California State
University San Marcos) writes: **"This exciting new biography of Toussaint
Louverture seeks to reclaim him from conservative revisionist
interpretations. Inspired by C.L.R. James and informed by the latest
research, Forsdick and Hogsbjerg deliver a spirited, nuanced profile of
this great revolutionary leader.  The book provides a fascinating analysis
of the range of reactions to Toussaint, from Wordsworth in 1802 to
contemporary comic books and rap."*

*Description (University of Chicago Press
<http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/T/bo26303602.html>):*
“In overthrowing me, you have done no more than cut down the trunk of the
tree of the black liberty in St. Domingue—it will spring back from the
roots, for they are numerous and deep.”

These are Toussaint Louverture’s last words before being taken to prison in
France. Heroic leader of the only successful slave revolt in history,
Louverture is one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters who ever lived.
Born into slavery on a Caribbean plantation, he was able to break from his
bondage to lead an army of freed African slaves to victory against the
professional armies of France, Spain, and Britain in the Haitian Revolution
of 1791-1804.

In this lively narrative biography, Louverture’s fascinating life is
explored through the prism of his radical politics. Charles Forsdick and
Christian Høgsbjerg champion the “black Robespierre,” whose revolutionary
legacy has inspired people and movements in the two centuries since his
death. For anyone interested in the roots of modern resistance movements
and black political radicalism, Louverture’s extraordinary life provides
the perfect groundwork.

*Charles Forsdick* is the James Barrow Professor of French at the
University of Liverpool. He is author of *Victor Segalen and the Aesthetics
of Diversity* and *Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone
Cultures *and co-editor of *The Black Jacobins Reader*.

*Christian Høgsbjerg* is a historian at Leeds University Centre for African
Studies. He is author of *C.L.R. James in Imperial Britain*, editor of
James’s 1934 play, *Toussaint Louverture*, and co-editor of *The Black
Jacobins Reader*.

For more information, see http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/
books/book/distributed/T/bo26303602.html
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