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Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution

Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution

It was the only successful slave insurrection in history. It grasped the full meaning of French revolutionary ideas and used them to create the world's first Black republic. It elevated a Black general, Toussaint Louverture, to such international fame that admirers ranked him on par with George Washington. It was the Haitian Revolution, a movement that's been called the true birth moment of universal human rights. Vaguely remembered today, the Haitian Revolution was a hurricane at the turn of the 19th century -- traumatizing Southern planters and inspiring U.S. slaves. This program explores this history through music, voodoo ritual, re-creations and insightful writers and historians. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: It was the only successful slave insurrection in history. It grasped the full meaning of French revolutionary ideas and used them to create the world's first Black republic. It elevated a Black general, Toussaint Louverture, to such international fame that admirers ranked him on par with George Washington. It was the Haitian Revolution, a movement that's been called the true birth moment of universal human rights. Vaguely remembered today, the Haitian Revolution was a hurricane at the turn of the 19th century -- traumatizing Southern planters and inspiring U.S. slaves. This program explores this history through music, voodoo ritual, re-creations and insightful writers and historians.

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