“The prospect of a Black Republic is equally disturbing to the Spanish, the English and the Americans. Jefferson has promised that on the instant the French army has arrived [in Haiti] all measures will be taken to starve Toussaint and rid us of these gilded Negroes, and we will have nothing more to wish for.” — Napoleon
How did the Haitian slaves break free from their bondage and create the first Black Republic, while facing some of the largest armies ever assembled by Europe? And what impact did their victories have on ending slavery? These are some of the questions that documentary film Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution explores, shedding well deserved light on one of the most ignored great events in history, the Haitian slave revolt.
For more on this topic, you can listen to the audio lecture, by Paul Foot, titled The Haitian Slave Revolt or you can purchase a copy of the most famous scholarly work on the topic C.L.R. James’s Black Jacobins (more books on Haiti).