Thanks to our friend Bernice Bennett, the very intrepid and accomplished host of the long running radio show, Research at the National Archives and Beyond, I get to talk about the lecture that I am giving two days earlier in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The Civil War is sometimes called the Second Haitian Revolution. For over seventy years, pro-slavers feared Haiti, and the enslaved and abolitionists found great hope from Toussaint Louverture and Haiti. Marvin T. Jones details the actions of enslaved and abolitionists who were encouraged by the Haitian Revolution, Haiti’s own involvement in offering freedom to people of color, and why Haiti was so important to keeping alive the hope that all Americans would be free. The American leaders who wrote of, spoke of and acted due to their admiration for Louverture include John Brown, Martin Delaney, Gabriel Prosser, Frederick Douglass, Charlotte Forten, William Lloyd Garrison, Prince Hall, John Mercer Langston, Wendell Phillips, Senator Charles Sumner, Denmark Vesey and David Walker. Many African Americans today are descended from all who saw Haiti as a guiding light.
This interview will be still accessible after the broadcast. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bernicebennett/2017/10/06/the-civil-war-and-the-second-haitian-revolution-with-marvin-t-jones