Toussaint Louverture

Toussaint Louverture:The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History

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PERHAPS THE GREATEST VICTORY OF THE OPPRESSED OVER THEIR OPPRESSORS IN ALL HISTORY

The end of slavery started in what was then San Domingo. In 1791, the enslaved people of the most prized French sugar plantation colony revolted against their masters. For over twelve years, against a backdrop of the French Revolution, they fought an epic black liberation struggle for control of the island. Theirs was the first and only successful slave revolution. It was the creation of Haiti as a nation, the first independent black republic outside of Africa, and an international inspiration to the persecuted and enslaved. This is the impassioned and beautifully drawn story of the Haitian Revolution and its incredible leader: Toussaint Louverture.

The text of this graphic novel is a play by C. L. R. James that opened in London in 1936 with Paul Robeson in the title role. For the first time, black actors appeared on the British stage in a work by a black playwright. The script had been lost for almost seventy years when a draft copy was discovered among James’s archives. Now this extraordinary drama has been reimagined by artists Nic Watts and Sakina Karimjee.

Reviews

  • One of the year's top works of nonfiction.

    Rob Salkowitz, Best Graphic Novels Of 2023Forbes
  • A very intense treatment of the uprising in Haiti that paralleled and deeply involved the French Revolution.

    Best Books of 2023Comics Grinder
  • The adaptation is exciting, educational, and the perfect gift for the lefties in your life.

    Hank Kennedy, The Best of 2023The Comics Journal