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Bedtime Biography: Black Spartacus

The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

By Sudhir Hazareesingh
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Bedtime Biography: Black Spartacus by Sudhir Hazareesingh

Narrated Valeri Ross

Music by Federico Coderoni

Black Spartacus (2020) tells the story of Toussaint Louverture, one of the leading figures in the Haitian Revolution in the late eighteenth century. It explores how Louverture, a man born into slavery, managed to overcome his position in society to lead the enslaved people of Haiti to first their freedom and then their independence from France. It was the first successful slave rebellion in history. 

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Throughout history, there have been many, many slave rebellions. From the earliest human societies, enslaved people have risen up against their conditions in a fight for their freedom. A lot of these rebellions got close to victory, but no slave revolts – at least none that we know of – have actually succeeded in keeping their brief, but hard-won freedom. Despite the efforts of the enslaved people, the ruling regimes always prevailed.  

Except in one case.

In this bedtime biography, we’ll explore the life and times of Toussaint Louverture. A man born into slavery, who rose up and helped lead the first ever successful revolt of enslaved people. So, settle in and turn your attention to the story of Toussaint Louverture, the Black Spartacus.

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