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In this section, Selma James recalls the publishing history of the work and its relevance to contemporary liberation struggles. She discusses the influence of the book on anticolonial debates in the English-speaking and French-speaking Caribbean islands. The author assesses recent research that has added substantially to understanding of the Haitian Revolution, but explains how this has not challenged the classic status of The Black Jacobins. Focusing on questions of historiographic perspective, leadership and class, she underlines James’s distinctive analysis of the Haitian Revolution and the evolving contexts in which that analysis is to be understood. The chapter concludes that James’s history book remains integral to present political struggle.

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