by Sudhir Hazareesingh

Winner of the 2021 Wolfson History Prize

Black Spartacus is a tour de force: by far the most complete, authoritative and persuasive biography of Toussaint that we are likely to have for a long time . . . An extraordinarily gripping read.” ―David A. Bell, The Guardian

A new interpretation of the life of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture


Among the defining figures of the Age of Revolution, Toussaint Louverture is the most enigmatic. Though the Haitian revolutionary’s image has multiplied across the globe―appearing on banknotes and in bronze, on T-shirts and in film―the only definitive portrait executed in his lifetime has been lost. Well versed in the work of everyone from Machiavelli to Rousseau, he was nonetheless dismissed by Thomas Jefferson as a “cannibal.”

Interview with the Author

History Extra
Toussaint Louverture’s revolutiony life
9/25/20       55 min

Aufhebunga Bunga
/165/ Black Spartacus ft. Sudhir Hazareesingh
12/8/20        68 min

Race and Democracy
Ep. 63 – Black Spartacus: The True Story of the Haitian Revolt with Sudhir Hazareesingh
12/7/21        47 min

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