|About the Book|
The Haitian Revolution in the Shaping of American Democracy is a fascinating examination of the often overlooked history of the first and only independent Black republic in the Americas, and how it shaped the changing concept of democracy throughoutMoreThe Haitian Revolution in the Shaping of American Democracy is a fascinating examination of the often overlooked history of the first and only independent Black republic in the Americas, and how it shaped the changing concept of democracy throughout two continents.This is the story of the courage of the people of African descent who refused to be oppressed. The enslaved people of the French colony of Saint-Domingue rose up against their oppressors, much to the horror of such American icons as Thomas Jefferson, often held to be an enlightened thinker and champion of the common man. Our history books fail to tell us that Jefferson promised Napoleon his full support in any effort to destroy the new nation, and that he declared openly that he would never sit at the table to negotiate with former slaves. Those same books tell us that Haiti is possibly the poorest country in the world, while neglecting to mention the French indemnity that bled the new nation dry, or the disappearance of the entire Haitian treasury during the occupation by the U.S. Marines. The Haitian Revolution in the Shaping of American Democracy is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the true history of social and political injustice and oppression in the Americas, and the determination of a people to bring it to an end. Authorbio: Jose Saint-Louis is the author of The Tragedy of a People, a Poetic Bookand Christian Advocate, a Socio-religious Revue, He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and holds a Master of Divinity degree. He has been involved in various social, political, and religious activities, and has provided thoughtful strategies to raise the living standard of impoverished families. From 1996 through 1998, he served as a taskforce member of the United Methodist Church Florida Conference on Children and Poverty. For the past seven years, he has been highly committed to conducting research on American social, political, economic, and religious history.