New Book—“Making The Black Jacobins: CLR James and the Drama of History”

Making the Black Jacobins

Rachel Douglas (University of Glasgow) recently published Making The Black Jacobins: CLR James and the Drama of History (Duke University Press, 2019). The book launch will take place this Wednesday, November 20, at 5:30pm, at UCL Institute of the Americas (51 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PN, United Kingdom).

Description: C. L. R. James’s The Black Jacobins remains one of the great works of the twentieth century and the cornerstone of Haitian revolutionary studies. In Making The Black Jacobins, Rachel Douglas traces the genesis, transformation, and afterlives of James’s landmark work across the decades from the 1930s on. Examining the 1938 and 1963 editions of The Black Jacobins, the 1967 play of the same name, and James’s 1936 play, Toussaint Louverture—as well as manuscripts, notes, interviews, and other texts—Douglas shows how James continuously rewrote and revised his history of the Haitian Revolution as his politics and engagement with Marxism evolved. She also points to the vital significance theater played in James’s work and how it influenced his views of history. Douglas shows The Black Jacobins to be a palimpsest, its successive layers of rewriting renewing its call to new generations.

For more information, see https://www.dukeupress.edu/making-the-black-jacobins

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