W.E.B. Du Bois, “Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Anti-Slavery Effort, 1787-1806”

“The role which the great Negro Toussaint, called L’Ouverture, played in the history of the United States has seldom been fully appreciated. Representing the age of revolution in America, he rose to leadership through a bloody terror, which contrived a Negro ‘problem’ for the Western Hemisphere, intensified and defined the anti-slavery movement, became one of the causes, and probably the prime one, which led Napoleon to sell Louisiana for a song, and finally, through the interworking of all these effects, rendered more certain the final prohibition of the slave-trade by the United States in 1807.”

from W.E.B. Du Bois, The suppression of the African slave-trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870 (1904).

Image: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. “Toussaint L’Ouverture receiving a Proclamation.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1821.

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