Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War : the promise and peril of a second Haitian revolution / Matthew J. Clavin.

By: Clavin, Matthew JMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2010Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 238 pages :) : illustrations, mapContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780812201611; 0812201612; 0812221842; 9780812221848Additional physical formats: Print version:: Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War.DDC classification: 973.7/11 LOC classification: E453 | .C535 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
"The insurrection of the Blacks in St. Domingo" : remembering Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian revolution -- "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 -- "Liberty on the battle-field" : Haiti and the movement to arm Black soldiers -- "Emancipation or insurrection" : Haiti and the end of slavery in America -- "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.
Summary: "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"--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"The insurrection of the Blacks in St. Domingo" : remembering Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian revolution -- "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 -- "Liberty on the battle-field" : Haiti and the movement to arm Black soldiers -- "Emancipation or insurrection" : Haiti and the end of slavery in America -- "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"--Jacket.

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Clavin (Univ. of West Florida) argues that "the seeds of the Civil War were planted in the revolutionary eighteenth-century world." Abolitionists and anti-abolitionists both used Haiti's slave insurrection of 1794 to 1804 to advance their own views about ending slavery in the US, using the symbols of the Haitian Revolution to strengthen their own causes. Indeed, Clavin asserts that Haiti's experience had a profound and enduring influence on the Civil War and the years preceding it that has long been overlooked. Toussaint Louverture's example emboldened many, even John Brown, just as what Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines accomplished in Haiti alarmed opponents of freedom for slaves. Innumerable discussions of black freedom and black violence drew on the Haitian example. Clavin suggests the US Civil War was, in fact, fought in the shadow of Haiti's struggle to be free. On the brink of the Civil War, moreover, "Louverture and the Haitian Revolution were resonant, polarizing, and ultimately subversive symbols." Some proponents of emancipation saw the Civil War as a second Haitian Revolution. Southern secessionists countered with their own descriptions of Haiti under black rule. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Researchers and faculty. R. I. Rotberg Harvard University

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Matthew J. Clavin is Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston.

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