Skip to content

Category Archives: Louverture

Treatment of prisoners of war in Revolutionary times

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote a couple of weeks ago about the abuse of prisoners of war by American soldiers and CIA agents.

Way clear for Toussaint statue

A bronze statue of a Haitian founding father inched closer to reality with a groundbreaking ceremony in Little Haiti — a bright spot during troubling times for Haiti.

The Black Liberator

I’ve been skipping around to different books in my collection lately. Recently, I spent some time with Black Liberator, The Life of Toussaint Louverture, by Stephen Alexis (translated and abridged by William Stirling from Alexis’ Toussaint Louverture, Lib�rataur d’Haiti) The book lists Alexis as “Formerly Haitian Minister at the Court of St. James.” The jacket […]

The Black Jacobins to page 20

I’m reading today from The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James, Vintage edition. James was a Trinidadian professor who wrote this book in 1938 and updated it slightly in 1962. The version I’m reading was printed in 1989, the year of James’ death. It is a well-regarded history of the revolution, and considered James’s masterpiece. Although […]

Toussaint in context of the bicentennial

The news out of Haiti these days is distressing. Anti-government rebels have taken several cities and are calling for President Aristide’s resignation. In this context, the research about Toussaint takes on an especially poignant quality. Is Haiti doomed to be a poor, divided country for the rest of its days? Would it have been different […]

More from Korngold

p 61 ”[Toussaint} knew that the Negroes were oppressed not becase they were Negroes, but because they were weak. Epictetus and millions of other white men had been slaves. The chieftains who sold war prisoners and even their own subjects into slavery were of the same race as their victims. White planters were often cruel, […]