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Toussaint Louverture's life was one of hardship, triumph, and contradiction. He was born a slave on Saint-Domingue, yet earned his freedom and established himself as a small-scale planter. He even purchased slaves of his own.
Philippe Girard shows how Louverture transformed himself from lowly freedman into revolutionary hero as the mastermind of the bloody slave revolt of 1791. By 1801, Louverture was governor of the colony where he had once been a slave. But his lifelong quest to be accepted as a member of the colonial elite ended in despair: he spent the last year of his life in a French prison cell. His example nevertheless inspired anticolonial and black nationalist movements well into the 20th century.
Based on voluminous primary-source research, conducted in archives across the world and in multiple languages, Toussaint Louverture is the definitive biography of one of the most influential men in history.
©2016 Philippe Girard (P)2016 Tantor
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"A compelling look at an extraordinary historical figure." (Library Journal)
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By olivia a neukuckatz on 06-16-17

Interesting book, fascinating facets of this mans life.

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.

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By jim on 01-06-17

very powerful story

this is information that anyone studying Napoleon and the French revolution should learn. Absolutely wonderful

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By Moh on 07-14-17

A must read.

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.
Highly recommended.

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