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In the fourth chapter of the section, imprisoned black activist Russell Maroon Shoatz, recalls discussions about James’s book inside prison among black radicals. “The Black Jacobins, Education, and Redemption” describes the impact of James’s history on debates regarding the most impressive historical individual of African descent. Exposure to James’s work leads to recognition of the importance of Toussaint Louverture. Shoatz’s discussion underlines the way in which The Black Jacobins acts as an educational and organizing tool. The author concludes by suggesting that the book continues to speak to all those of African descent or who otherwise find themselves on the bottom rungs of society.

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