Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History; A Play in Three Acts (The C. L. R. James Archives)

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


In 1934 C. L. R. James, the generally identified Trinidadian highbrow, author, and political activist, wrote the play Toussaint Louverture: the tale of the one profitable Slave insurrection in History, which used to be presumed misplaced till the rediscovery of a draft replica in 2005. The play's construction, played in 1936 at London's Westminster Theatre with a solid together with the yankee big name Paul Robeson, marked the 1st time black specialist actors starred at the British level in a play written by way of a black playwright. This variation comprises this system, photos, and experiences from that creation, a contextual creation and editorial notes at the play by means of Christian Høgsbjerg, and chosen essays and letters by means of James and others. In Toussaint Louverture, James demonstrates the total tragedy and heroism of Louverture by means of exhibiting how the Haitian progressive chief is stuck in a dramatic clash coming up from the contradiction among the barbaric realities of latest global slavery and the trendy beliefs of the Enlightenment. In his portrayal of the Haitian Revolution, James aspired to vindicate black accomplishments within the face of racism and to help the fight for self-government in his local Caribbean. Toussaint Louverture is an integral better half paintings to The Black Jacobins (1938), James's vintage account of Haiti's progressive fight for liberation.

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