Clavin, Matthew J.

Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War : the promise and peril of a second Haitian revolution / Matthew J. Clavin. - viii, 238 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-230) and index.

"The insurrection of the Blacks in St. Domingo" : remembering Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian revolution -- Part I: Oprning the Civil War of words. "He patterned his life after the San Domingan" : John Brown, Toussaint Louverture, and the triumph of violent abolitionism ; "Contemplate, I beseech you, fellow-citizens, the example of St. Domingo" : abolitionist dreams, Confederate nightmares, and the counterrevolution of secession -- Part II: A second Haitian revolution? "Liberty on the battle-field" : Haiti and the movement to arm Black soldiers ; "Emancipation or insurrection" : Haiti and the end of slavery in America -- Part III: Nations within a nation. "Many a Touissant L'overture amongst us" : Black identity ; "A repetition of San Domingo?" : southern white identity ; "Do we want another San Domingo to be repeated in the South?" : northern white identity.

"The Haitian Revolution cast a long shadow over the Atlantic world. In the United States, according to Matthew J. Clavin, there emerged two competing narratives that vied for the revolution's legacy. One emphasized vengeful African slaves committing unspeakable acts of violence against white men, women, and children. The other was the story of an enslaved people who, under the leadership of Louverture, vanquished their violent oppressors in an effort to eradicate slavery and build a new nation. Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War examines the significance of these competing narratives in American society on the eve of and during the Civil War"--Dust jacket.

9780812242058 (hardcover : alk. paper) 081224205X (hardcover : alk. paper) 9780812221848 (pbk.) 0812221842 (pbk.)

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Toussaint Louverture, 1743-1803 --Influence.


Antislavery movements--History--United States--19th century.
African Americans--Race identity--History--19th century.
Whites--Race identity--History--United States--19th century.


United States--History--Social aspects.--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Causes.--Civil War, 1861-1865
Haiti--Foreign public opinion, American--History--19th century.
Haiti--History--Influence.--Revolution, 1791-1804

E453 / .C535 2010

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