Toussaint L’Ouverture: A Biography and Autobiography

John Relly BEARD (1800 - 1876)

François-Dominique Toussaint L’Ouverture (1743-1803) rose to fame in 1791 during the Haitian struggle for independence. In this revolt, he led thousands of slaves on the island of Hispañola to fight against the colonial European powers of France, Spain and England. The former slaves ultimately established the independent state of Haiti and expelled the Europeans. L’Ouverture eventually became the governor and Commander-In-Chief of Haiti before recognizing and submitting to French rule in 1801. In June of 1802, L’Ouverture was arrested by French forces and taken to France where he was imprisoned at Joux. There he penned his autobiography “. . . to render to the French government an exact account of my conduct.” L’Ouverture died in prison on April 7, 1803 from pneumonia. Although L’Ouverture died a captive of the French, the revolution he led was historically perhaps the most significant world event opposing slavery. It precipitated a re-examination--among the major European powers as well as those in the new world--of the right of all mankind to be free and self-governing. John Relly Beard, an English minister, wrote The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture and published it in London in 1853. Ten years later, the biography was re-published and augmented to include L’Ouverture’s 35-page translated autobiography--along with other documents and contributions by public officials--and was re-published in Boston. This reconstituted edition was titled, Toussaint L’Ouverture: A Biography and Autobiography. (Introduction by James K. White)

Genre(s): War & Military, Biography & Autobiography, Early Modern

Language: English

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Play 00 Introduction and Preface James K. White
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Play 01 Book I, Chapter I James K. White
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Play 02 Book I, Chapter II James K. White
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Play 03 Book I, Chapter III James K. White
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Play 07 Book I, Chapter VII James K. White
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Play 08 Book I, Chapter VIII James K. White
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Play 09 Book I, Chapter IX James K. White
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Play 10 Book I, Chapter X James K. White
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Play 13 Book I, Chapter XIII James K. White
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Play 14 Book I, Chapter XIV James K. White
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Play 15 Book II, Chapter I James K. White
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Play 16 Book II, Chapter II James K. White
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Play 17 Book II, Chapter III James K. White
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Play 18 Book II, Chapter IV James K. White
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Play 19 Book II, Chapter V James K. White
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Play 20 Book II, Chapter VI James K. White
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Play 21 Book II, Chapter VII James K. White
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Play 22 Book III, Chapter I James K. White
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Play 23 Book III, Chapter II James K. White
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Play 24 Book III, Chapter III James K. White
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Play 25 Book III, Chapter IV James K. White
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Play 26 Book III, Chapter V James K. White
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Play 27 Book IV, Memoir of General Toussant L'Ouverture Written By Himself (part 1) James K. White
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Play 28 Book IV, Memoir of General Toussant L'Ouverture Written By Himself (part 2) James K. White
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Play 29 Notes And Testimonies (part 1) James K. White
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Play 30 Notes And Testimonies (part 2) James K. White
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