The history of the Haitian Revolution, 1791–1804

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BIBLIOgraphy on The Haitian Revolution
By Bob Corbett, 25 June 1995.
Heroes of Haiti
By W.F. Burton Sellers, 11 January 1999. A history of early Haiti, with emphasis on the Revolution from a military perspective.
Honor Haiti, Honor Ourselves; Forget Haiti, Forget Ourselves
By Randall Robinson, 1 January 2004. Why 1 January 1804 is sacred. The Haitian Revolution was no lucky break involving a few unruly slaves. This was no plantation uprising.
Review of Carolyn E. Fick, The Making of Haiti
By Bob Corbett, September 1996. An exciting book with a different perspective, focusing on the struggle in the South at the end of the Revolution. She emphasizes the ordinary loosely knit bands of irregular commoners rather than leaders. The creation by maroons of an alternative form of life of subsistence farming that came to define Haiti.
The plot theory of the Haitian Revolution
A dialog from Robert Corbett's Haiti list, January 1999. Ralph Korngold's claim that the slave rebellion was staged by French officials to wean the colonists from independence. Toussaint was the leader and organizer.
The Haitian and Jamaican Revolutions Compared
A dialog on Haiti-L, May 1995.
Review of Anna Julia Cooper, Slavery and the French Revolutionists (1788–1805)
By Bob Corbett, 6 June 1995.
Black August—2004
By Mumia Abu Jamal, 26 July 2004. The inspiring words of a Voodoo priest, Papaloi Boukman, who in 1791 preached to his brethren about the need for revolution against the cruel slavedrivers and torturers who made the lives of the African captives a living hell.
Review of The Haitian Journal of Lieutenant Howard, York Hussairs, 1796–1798, edited by Roger Normal Buckley
By Bob Corbett, 26 February 1991.
Poland's Caribbean Tragedy
Materials on Poland's involvement with the Haitian Revolution, drawn from Haiti-L, June 1995.
The Age of Revolution: Founding Fathers Dreamed of Uprisings, Except in Haiti
By Thomas Bender, The New York Times, Week in Review, 1 July 2001. The idea of Black slaves raising the flag of bourgeois revolution quickly cooled the ardor of U.S. revolutionaries.
The Lessons of the Haitian Revolution: Selections from The Black Jacobins (First of two parts)
Haiti Progress, 22–28 August 2001. The Black Jacobins, the compelling account of the period by Trinidadian scholar C.L.R. James. Central to James' account is Toussaint L'Ouverture.
The Lessons of the Haitian Revolution: Selections from The Black Jacobins (Second of two parts)
Haiti Progres, 4 September 2001. As one reads the following excerpts from the chapter entitled The Bourgeoisie Prepares to Restore Slavery, one cannot but wonder whether Aristide will repeat the history of Toussaint.
Review of Madison Smartt Bell, All Souls Rising
Reviewed by Bob Corbett, 9 November 1995. A riviting historical novel. A clever and controversial thesis: three members of the white elite conceive the slave rebellion to support their political needs. Even the esteemed Bayon de Libertat, owner of the Breda plantation, owner and master of Toussaint, is one of the conspirators. Toussaint is selected by these white power brokers to be their instrument in beginning a slave rebellion.
A moment in black history: General Jorge Biassou
By David Nolan, The Record, [3 February 2003]. Two centuries ago there was a black general in St. Augustine, Jorge Biassou, and he was one of the leaders of the slave uprising in Haiti in the 1790s, recruiting Toussaint L'Ouverture to the cause.
IDB honors Haitian hero Alexandre Pétion
IDB press release, 22 May 2003. The Inter-American Development bank intends to honor Petion by hanging a portrait of him that was was done by Pascal Smarth and donated by the Haitian financial group Unibank. Pétion fought with Dessalines against Napoleon's troops and became president and supporter of Bolivar.
Two questions about the Revolution
From Bob Corbett's Haiti list, 29 October 2003. Is Dessalines the hero of Blacks and Toussaint of whites? Women in the Revolution.