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Author Clavin, Matthew J., author

Title Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War : the promise and peril of a second Haitian revolution / Matthew J. Clavin
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 238 pages :) : illustrations, map
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Toussaint Louverture, 1743-1803 -- Influence.
African Americans -- Race identity -- History -- 19th century.
Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Whites -- Race identity -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Haiti -- Foreign public opinion, American -- History -- 19th century
Haiti -- History -- Revolution, 1791-1804 -- Influence.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Causes.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009043375
ISBN 0812201612 (electronic bk.)
0812221842 (Trade Paper)
9780812201611 (electronic bk.)
9780812221848 (Trade Paper)