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In this chapter, Rachel Douglas explores James’s dramatic representations of the Haitian Revolution from Toussaint Louverture in 1936 to The Black Jacobins play of 1967. Making drama out of history enabled James to go furthest in rewriting the Haitian Revolution from below, through the demythologization of revolutionary leaders Toussaint, Dessalines, and Christophe, and simultaneous bringing into view of crowds, peasants, ordinary soldiers, and popular alternative leaders.

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