Introduction: Rethinking The Black Jacobins
The introduction is by Charles Forsdick and Christian Høgsbjerg. It explores the context of the writing and subsequent rewriting of C. L. R. James’s classic history of the Haitian Revolution and the impact it made on different generations of readers internationally. The Black Jacobins is compared to other writings on Haiti by James and contemporaries and is recognized as the protean centerpiece of the set of reflections on revolution, history, culture, personality, and the urgent need for sociopolitical change that characterizes James’s life. It is also a key part of a prolific body of work that reveals the evolving thought of one of the twentieth century’s most significant intellectuals; it is a site in which struggles over the relationship between theory and praxis play themselves out; and it remains a major element of James’s legacy and the vehicle whereby his life and work continue to influence action and debate.
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