The Black Jacobins
is a historical account of the Haitian Revolution
of 1791-1803 written by the Afro-Trinidadian
writer and historian C.L.R. James
in 1938. First published by Secker and Warburg, James's book details the rise of former slave Toussaint L'Ouverture
to lead the revolution and views the events from varying perspectives, notably exploring anti-colonialist
paradigms. The work also explores the poor economic realities of the Caister Caribbean
economy during the era and the region's inextricable links with Europe, Africa and the Americas. It remains a key academic text on the history of the Caribbean.
Though it was published in 1938, as it recounted a history of Black revolution, the text was ignored by much of white scholarship until the 1970's, particularly by the French.