Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History; A Play in Three Acts (The C. L. R. James Archives)
C. L. R. James
Us—they’ve made a revolution. They killed the slave-owners—made every-body unfastened. They divided the valuables, and now in France they've got liberty, equality, and fraternity. (There is cheering.) (Boukman turns to speak to the others. the group starts to speak excitedly. With enormous hassle Boukman quiets them. Then he indications to Toussaint.) 54 | Toussaint Louverture TOUSSAInT Brothers, we undergo. i understand how we endure. All is prepared and we're not afraid to struggle. yet prior to we kill allow us to.
Shall write to you. (To Toussaint) Are we secure? TOUSSAInT pass how you got here. Colonel Christophe, attend those gents. BULLeT And the following time we meet it will likely be to house you as you deserve. DeSSALIneS should you seize us, Mr. Planter. (Exit Bullet and Roume, escorted through Christophe.) TOUSSAInT Lord excessive Admiral and Viceroy, you have been correct to choose as you probably did. there's not anything to be received from the planters. it's going to must be struggle. BOUKMAn I stated so first and foremost. Do you actually.
Pétion. I shall settle for it, with reservations, in fact, yet I shall settle for it. ROUMe after which? HÉDOUVILLe as soon as the British are away, mulattoes lower than Pétion and blacks less than Toussaint will tear one another to items. Peace is close to in Europe. allow them to retain one another occupied until eventually our executive at house is able to repair its authority during this rebellious island. (Enter attendant.) ATTenDAnT basic Maitland and Mr. Tobias Lear. HÉDOUVILLe you'll permit Colonel Vincent be aware of once.
Into the ocean. From this minute San Domingo is a loose country—no. San Domingo not more. Haiti! The previous identify the island had ahead of those Europeans got here to convey slavery and degradation. Haiti! (There is wild cheering.) Haiti no colony, yet unfastened and autonomous. Haiti, the 1st unfastened and autonomous Negro country within the new international. Toussaint died for it. (He grips Pétion and Christophe on both side.) we will dwell and struggle for it! carry me that flag. 132 | Toussaint Louverture (Verny steps ahead.
Sketched in yet, to my brain, there's little to teach of their delineation that the prisoner on that lonely isle had as soon as been a colossus. Napoleon can also be the villain of Mr. C. N. R. [sic] James’s play “Toussaint L’Ouverture” lately produced by way of the degree Society. the writer has offered the tale of the emerging in Hayti whilst the French have been swept from the island such a lot successfully. The negro who constructed right into a army genius and broke the facility of slavery within the island used to be magnificently performed.