Dr. Philippe Girard, associate professor and head of the history department at McNeese State University, will present a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Parra Ballroom on his latest book, "The Slaves Who Defeated Napoléon: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian War of Independence."
This free event - sponsored by the student chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society - is part of Black History Month activities on campus. A Q and A format will follow the lecture.
The book covers the last years of the Haitian Revolution including Napoléon Bonaparte's colonial policies, Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture's downfall, the brutal French-Haitian war for the control of Haiti and the Louisiana Purchase, according to Girard.
"The Haitian Revolution is the only successful slave revolt in world history," said Girard.
A native of Guadeloupe, Girard specializes in the history of the Caribbean, and particularly Haiti. He is the author of two additional books: "Clinton in Haiti: The 1994 U.S. Invasion of Haiti" and "Haiti: The Tumultuous History." He is currently working on a biography of Louverture.
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