Toussaint's Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution (Adst-Dacor Diplomats and Diplomacy Book)

Toussaint's Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution (Adst-Dacor Diplomats and Diplomacy Book)

Gordon S. Brown


In its youth, the United States, birthplace of a revolution, wrestled with a unstable predicament. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and plenty of different founding fathers clashed. What used to be to be the hot republic's process towards a revolution roiling simply off its beaches?

From 1790 to 1810, the war of words reverberated some distance past Caribbean waters and American coastal ports. struggle among France and Britain, the nice powers of the time, raged at the seas and in Europe. the USA watched aghast as its buying and selling companion Haiti, a wealthy hothouse of sugar plantations and French colonial revenue, exploded in a uprising led by way of former slave Toussaint L'Ouverture.

Toussaint's Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution narrates the elaborate background of 1 of America's early overseas coverage balancing acts and one of many nation's defining moments. The supporters of Toussaint's uprising opposed to France first and foremost engineered a daring coverage of intervention in want of the rebels. yet Southern slaveholders, comparable to Jefferson, eyed the slave-general's upward thrust and masterful management abilities with severe alarm and finally got a reversal of the policy-even whereas benefiting from the uprising to make the fateful Louisiana buy.

faraway from petty, the inner squabbles between America's founders resolved themselves in soft maneuvers in international capitals and at the island. The stakes have been mortally high-a misstep may have plunged the hot, vulnerable, and impartial republic into the nice powers' worldwide conflict. In Toussaint's Clause, former diplomat and ambassador Gordon S. Brown information the founding fathers' difficulty over Haiti and their rancorous fight, which quite often reduce to the center of what the USA intended via revolution and liberty.

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