Toussaint L’Ouverture by Wendell Phillips

A stirring lecture by the abolitionist at the dawn of the American Civil War about the former slave turned founding father of Haiti.

(Miami, FL) February 2016 – When Wendell Phillips rose to the podium in 1861 New York City to deliver the speech contained in this book the U.S. was undergoing major political turbulence. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 had wrought a decade of havoc in the African American community, the U.S. congress struggled with the challenge of admitting slave vs. free states into the Union and the first shots on Fort Sumter had not yet been fired igniting the American Civil War. Yet, despite the confluence of domestic political turmoil, Wendell Phillips’ oratory subject was the Haitian revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture. Phillips wove a deft web of L’Overture’s biography and accomplishments in defense of the rights of African Americans’ rights to live free and dignified lives.   

Universally revered as a political, military and social luminary of the late 18th and early 19th century, Toussaint L'Ouverture is examined here not in legendary terms but in terms of his history of championing human dignity for all people regardless of skin color. Prior to this work, reflections on Toussaint L’Ouverture the man exhibited a propensity to alternately deify or cast this remarkable man in tragic almost Shakespearian terms. Eschewing the “noble savage” philosophies of his contemporaries, Phillips chooses instead to paint a detailed portrait of Toussaint L’Overture often quoted from enemies and allies. This portrait cements Toussaint's place in world history and his importance not just to negroes but to the whole of mankind regardless of sex, class or ethnic origin. 

This landmark work’s power to humanize Toussaint and the broader cause of human dignity is key to it’s near uninterrupted publication since debuting in 1861. This book presents a rare intersection of Haitian and American history worthy of study.

Édition Delince is pleased to announce the release of this monumental oratory on Toussaint L'Ouverture by Wendell Phillips in the unedited original English, French and the world's first Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) by Jan Mapou of Sosyete Koukouy. Toussaint L'Ouverture by Wendell Phillips is the first in Édition Delince’s Collection du Domaine imprint. This imprint is devoted to the production of books for multi-generational Haitian households by providing texts in French, English and Kreyòl Ayisyen in an effort to foster cross-generational cultural conversation in the Haitian diaspora and further afield.


ON SALE January 18, 2016
IMPRINT Collection du Domaine
BINDING HARDCOVER (with dust jacket)
ISBN 978-0-385-53859-6
LANGUAGES English, French and Kreyòl Ayisyen
PRICE $24.99 US / $37.00 Can. / €23.00 EUR

About Toussaint L'Ouverture (the subject)

François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture (May 20 1743 – April 7, 1803). Also known as Toussaint L'Ouverture or Toussaint Bréda, was the primary leader of the Haitian Revolution - the greatest slave uprising since Spartacus' revolt against the Roman Republic. Toussaint's military genius and political acumen inspired the successful slave uprising that led to the formation of the independent state of Haiti. Toussaint's foundational leaderhip and the subsequent success of the Haitian Revolution shook the institution of slavery throughout the New World.


About Wendell Phillips (the author)

Wendell Phillips (November 29, 1811–February 2, 1884) was an American abolitionist, champion of women’s rights, advocate for Native American rights, orator and prominent attorney. Educated at the prominent Boston Latin School (the oldest Public School in the United States), graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in 1831 and went on to graduate Harvard Law School in 1834. A notable influence on Mr. Phillip’s oratory and political views are Edward T. Channing a proponent of “plain speaking oratory.” Phillips’ adoption of this credo created a connection between his ideas and the general lay public which propelled him as a much sought after orator in the 19th century.

About Édition Delince

Édition Delince is a multi-lingual publisher headquartered in Port Au Prince with a U.S. subsidiary in Miami, Florida. Our mission is to make works of literary and historical importance easily accessible to the Haitian diaspora regardless by producing books containing texts in French, English and Kreyòl Ayisyen. 

Our editorial focus is primarily on books of interest to the broader Haitian community worldwide. For additional information or media inquiries, contact Édition Delince by email us at