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Why This Book Matters:
The Black Jacobins tells the story of the slave revolt in France, led by Toussaint L’Ouverture.
The Big Takeaways:
- San Domingo prospered due to the usage of slaves.
- If The residents of San Domingo became rich off of the work of slaves.
- There was a social hierarchy in San Domingo.
- This social structure was composed of several tiers of wealth.
- Slaves in San Domingo expressed their disdain for their positions in society, but they did not have the power to escape their societal status.
- The slaves in San Domingo lacked a proper leader who could lead them out of their dismal place in society.
- The slaves of San Domingo finally started a revolt in 1791 with Toussaint L’Ouverture as their leader.
- The revolt was violent, as slavery had given them a special power no one would have expected.
- France eventually took over San Domingo, and Toussaint was arrested.
- The French government that Toussaint once respected changed, taking over San Domingo.
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