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Confronting Black Jacobians
Confronting Black Jacobians
 
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The Haitian Revolution, the product of the first successful slave revolt, was
truly world-historic in its impact. When Haiti declared independence in 1804,
the leading powers—France, Great Britain, and Spain—suffered an ignominious
defeat and the New World was remade. The island revolution also had a profound
impact on Haiti’s mainland neighbor, the United States. Inspiring the enslaved
and partisans of emancipation while striking terror throughout the Southern
slaveocracy, it propelled the fledgling nation one step closer to civil war.
Gerald Horne’s path breaking new work explores the complex and often fraught
relationship between the United States and the island of Hispaniola. Giving
particular attention to the responses of African Americans, Horne surveys the
reaction in the United States to the revolutionary process in the nation that
became Haiti, the splitting of the island in 1844, which led to the formation of
the Dominican Republic, and the failed attempt by the United States to annex
both in the 1870s.

Drawing upon a rich collection of archival and other primary source materials,
Horne deftly weaves together a disparate array of voices—world leaders and
diplomats, slaveholders, white abolitionists, and the freedom fighters he terms
Black Jacobins. Horne at once illuminates the tangled conflicts of the colonial
powers, the commercial interests and imperial ambitions of U.S. elites, and the
brutality and tenacity of the American slaveholding class, while never losing
sight of the freedom struggles of Africans both on the island and on the
mainland, which sought the fulfillment of the emancipatory promise of 18th
century republicanism.

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