I was listening to Sargewp on the generation x website when he mentioned that Danny Glover has had some difficulty getting his movie about Toussaint Louverture a Haitian military general that help to free Haitian people from slavery in 1791. General Louverture and Jean Jacques Dessalines lead the Haitian army of blacks against the French, Spanish, British and Polish armies in a battle that lasted from 1791 to 1804.
“Haiti was the first independent nation in Latin America, the first post-colonial independent black-led nation in the world, and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion.
The Haitian Revolution provoked mixed reactions in the United States. Southern Slaveholders feared that the slave revolution might spread from the island of Hispaniola to the slave plantations of the Southern United States. They believed that the African people who they enslaved would be inspired by the Haitian Revolution.
I was able to find a documentary produced by PBS that tells Toussaint’s story. I really hope that Danny Glover gets his funding to tell Toussaint’s story because its a story for all black people and a story for the world to hear.
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