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The only victorious slave revolution in history. The overthrow of the French in the most wealthy colony in the Americas. The birth of Haiti. The story begins in 1492.
Revolutions Podcast is the project by Mike Duncan following his superlative The History of Rome. The last episode of The History of Rome I saved for months not wanting it to end. I finally played it while descending the snowy mountains of Macedonia.
Revolutions has worked through the British Revolution, American Revolution, and French Revolution (only Mike Duncan can get me to slog through that one; I shuddered when I heard the word Sans-culottes in the new Haitian series).
Now comes a revolution little known in much of the world. The story of how slaves defeated Napoleon’s armies needs to be know. The intricate web of social groups, known then as Big Whites, Free Coloreds, Little Whites, and Slaves provides insight to ethnic and race relations of any period as we reflect today on the struggle for freedom in the United States.
If you ever visit the UNESCO-listed Citadel and Palace of Sans-Souci, you will imagine the scope of the human struggle for Haiti. 50,000 cannonballs today wait for the final invasion from Napoleon’s armies.
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