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The early fights for freedom from slavery was turbulent, complex and full of opposition, just like the character Toussaint L’ouverture himself. However you twist and turn and maybe even criticize his attempt to end slavery, this book illustrates so well how complicated it was to achieve his goal. Nobody had done it before and as so well described, the forces and tug of war of economy, freedom and energy needed at the fields wasn’t simple to gain. Just like now, slavery in the agriculture is still used and the economy is still demanding it in some way or another, maybe there are some hints to freedom in his achievements? This book also made me want to go visit all the historic sites of Toussaint including Haiti, as well as motivated me to continue to raise awareness about how slavery officially ended yet is still continuing. I’d read this again!
Louverture had to compromise so many ideals to get his end result. He had to be so many different people, frustrated with others lack of vision. In spite of his faith he shed so much blood... all I can say is power corrupts absolute. Over and over the lessons of history shine through.
This book does the topic justice; this is about a complexed and extraordinary man, this is commincated to the audience perfectly in a thoroughly entertaining and informative manner.