Toussaint L’Ouverture led the only successful slave revolution in history. The events of the Hatian revolution directly led to the abolishment of Slavery in the 19th century. The question remains however; is a figure like Toussaint L’Ouverture still relevant today?
The play Black Spartacus will not only explore the historical events of Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian revolution but will also draw parallels between those events and events of the modern day.
But isn’t slavery a thing of the past?
Slavery might have been abolished in the 19th Century but this didn’t end the practice. Modern slavery takes many forms including forced labour (via physical and mental threats), bonded labour (people forced to work for free to pay off debts), sex trafficking, child labour and many more. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that 21 million people are in some form of slavery world wide.
You may think that modern slavery only exists in poorer countries but that is not true. In the UK for example the British government estimates the number of people in slavery to be 13,000. In fact slavery continues in some form or another in every country in the world.
With Slavery still a thriving illicit industry it is important to understand its history and to learn from the brave historical figures who devoted their lives to its eradication. Stories like those of Toussaint L’Ouverture are just as relevant today as they have ever been.
Figures for this article are taken from the Anti-Slavery International website
Anti-Slavery International is supporting Thee Black Swan Theatre Company in it’s production of Black Spartacus. To learn more about modern slavery and how you can help end it go to their website http://www.antislavery.org/english/
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