Wyclef Jean on Black History, Haiti, and His New Album – AAIHS

The Haitian Revolution birthed great leaders like Toussaint L’Ouverture. He was a well-liked general by black and whites. It takes genius for any general—black or white—to be well liked by the opposition as well as his army. There were several slave rebellions in the world, but the only slave rebellion that was successful is the one that went down in Haiti. Many slave owners in the U.S. sent funds and other help to Toussaint’s opponents trying to stop the revolt. However, John Adams—he was for the most part anti-slavery—saw the need to help L’Ouverture because he wanted to continue to trade with Haiti. The key here is that it’s important to know where you come from in order to know where you’re going. Haitians have a very important history. Haitian history is tied to all black history. Slaves like Nat Turner and others led revolts, but nothing compares to the Haitian Revolution. As I always tell people, we must all study the history of Haiti.

Source: – AAIHS