Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions

Out now as part of Pluto Press’s ‘Revolutionary Lives’ series … and co-written with Professor Charles Forsdick…

Toussaint Louverture: A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions


“In overthrowing me, you have done no more than cut down the trunk of the tree of the black liberty in St. Domingue—it will spring back from the roots, for they are numerous and deep.”

These are Toussaint Louverture’s last words before being taken to prison in France. Heroic leader of the only successful slave revolt in history, Louverture is one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters who ever lived. Born into slavery on a Caribbean plantation, he was able to break from his bondage to lead an army of freed African slaves to victory against the professional armies of France, Spain, and Britain in the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804.

In this lively narrative biography, Louverture’s fascinating life is explored through the prism of his radical politics. Charles Forsdick and Christian Høgsbjerg champion the “black Robespierre,” whose revolutionary legacy has inspired people and movements in the two centuries since his death. For anyone interested in the roots of modern resistance movements and black political radicalism, Louverture’s extraordinary life provides the perfect groundwork.


This exciting new biography of Toussaint Louverture seeks to reclaim him from conservative revisionist interpretations. Inspired by C.L.R. James and informed by the latest research, Forsdick and Høgsbjerg deliver a spirited, nuanced profile of this great revolutionary leader. The book provides a fascinating analysis of the range of reactions to Toussaint, from Wordsworth in 1802 to contemporary comic books and rap.
Alyssa Sepinwall, Professor of History, California State University San Marcos and editor of Haitian History: New Perspectives 

The dual Haitian revolution remains a critical moment in the history of the modern world. Toussaint Louverture as central leader of the slave revolution remains a complex figure. This book documents his political life while mapping one stage of the dual revolution, presenting Toussaint as a black Jacobin revolutionary, and making it clear that his life is firmly within the historical pantheon of 19th century revolutionaries. An important text.
Anthony Bogues, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Brown University


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Paperback | 9780745335148|£12.99 / $20

Hardback | 9780745335155| £50/ $80

Kindle | 9781786800305|£12.99 / $20

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PDF | 9781786800282| £60 / $90

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