No one has been as unapologetic as C. L. R. James in The Black Jacobins

Today would have been C. L. R. James’s 120th birthday. Cyril Lionel Robert James (1901–1989) was a Trinidadian writer, journalist and historian. In 1938, he published The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution, a pioneering text on the Haitian Revolution and those who seized independence in 1804.

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Image of C. L. R James via The Charnel-House
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General Toussaint L’Ouverture by Jacob Lawrence via The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

James’s work reminds us of how intertwined our world is and the lingering effects of significant moments in history. In truth, that which may seem random or peculiar can often be traced back to a particular set of social and political relations.

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