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18 May 2011

San Domingo Has Arrived

James Stevenson

Our 2011 edition of Lothrop Stoddard's The French Revolution in San Domingo was delivered from the printers yesterday morning. This is the best edition that has ever existed of this excellent book by the American eugenicist and racialist thinker of the pre-World War II period.

Originally published in 1914, this was Lothrop Stoddard's first book, and a very popular one in its day. It was also his Ph.D. thesis, defended at Harvard University at a time when the science of human biodiversity, and eugenics, was at its height. The book is about race: specifically, the race war that took place in San Domingo during the 1790s, triggered by the revolutionary events in France; that resulted in the island's independence, following fifteen years of chaos and bloody conflict; and that, through the victory of the values of liberty, equality, and brotherhood so ardently desired by the Jacobins, resulted in the famously dysfunctional republic of Haiti we know today. Stoddard details not only the events that took place in what was once one of the most prosperous colonies in the New World, but also the complex dynamics resulting from the intersection of race, class, colony, and motherland. Stoddard's portrayal of the Whites is hardly flattering, and it becomes clear in his text how they were the architects of their own misfortunes. Could what happened then and there happen here sometime in the future? Can we legitimately draw parallels between this lost colony and the modern West?

Unlike others, this one enlarges and improves the original by a wide margin: it corrects a number of errors, makes up for omissions (particularly in the bibliography), adds about 100 footnotes, adds a detailed index (neither the original nor the subsequent re-prints had one), and presents the text in an easy-on-the eye large font. It also includes an insightful introductory essay Professor Kevin MacDonald, who provides an evolutionary reading of Stoddard's history; and comes with cover artwork by Alex Kurtagic, who also did the covers for his novel Mister and our edition of Lothrop Stoddard's The Revolt Against Civilization. A lot of work has gone into this, making it a real treat for book lovers and collectors of quality, durable, solid editions. We can say with confidence that were Stoddard alive today, this would be his favourite edition!

You can order your copy here.

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