Open the door to liberty!

a biography of Toussaint L'Ouverture

By Rockwell, Anne F. & Christie, Gregory

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Describes how an African slave, Toussaint L'Ouverture, lead his fellow slaves of the island of St. Domingue (now Haiti) to revolt against the white plantation owners to gain their freedom and influence the course of world history.

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978-0-61860-570-5
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

Gr 5-8 Toussaint, born a slave in the French colony of St. Domingue, led the first successful slave uprising in the Americas in 1793, defeating first the French and then the British and American opportunists who hoped to take advantage of the new country. The Haitian revolution is put in context with those in America and France, and its significance is made clear as Rockwell connects Napoleon's d...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

This book touches on sophisticated ideas of race, politics, and national identity that influenced the life of eighteenth-century Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on April 1, 2009

“We don’t hear much about [Toussaint L’Ouverture] today, but what he did changed his world and ours,” writes Anne Rockwell in the preface to this compelling biography. Rockwell begins in 1743 with a wise woman’s prediction that the unborn L’Ouverture would grow up to be “more than a man. He would be a nation.” These words echo through the book, from L’Ouverture’s sickly boyhood—he was nicknamed “Little Stick” because he was so skinny—to the slave uprisi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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