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In this section, respected historian of the Haitian Revolution Laurent Dubois, author of Avengers of the New World, offers his thoughts on The Black Jacobins and its place within the historiography of the Haitian Revolution. Dubois draws out how the work was a pioneering contribution to Atlantic history in particular, as well as to revolutionary history. As he notes, “James’s work did what any great work of history does: It created descendants and many of them challenged and went beyond their ancestor. It remains the best study written on the Haitian Revolution—indeed, one of the best ever written on revolution itself. It embodies the story of that revolution brilliantly, charging its readers with a sense of drama and direction in a way few works of history do. James essentially got his story right, grasping the core of what the revolution was and what it implied.”

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