March 17, 2005 New Book on the Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution to be Discussed on April 5

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Gordon S. Brown, a former diplomat and ambassador, will discuss and sign his new book, “Toussaint’s Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution,” at the Library of Congress at noon on Tuesday, April 5, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, cosponsored by the Center for the Book’s “Books & Beyond” author series and the Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division, is free and open to the public.

“Toussaint’s Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution,” (University Press of Mississippi, 2005) tells the story of an early American foreign policy crisis and its lasting effect on liberty and the Caribbean. From 1790 to 1810, war between France and Britain raged on the seas and in Europe. The young United States, struggling to develop a strategy toward a revolution taking place just off its shores, watched with dismay as its trading partner Haiti— a center of French colonial profit—exploded in a rebellion led by former slave Toussaint L’Ouverture. In “Toussaint’s Clause,” Brown outlines the Founding Fathers’ crisis over Haiti and their rancorous struggle, which often cut to the core of what Americans meant by revolution and liberty.

During 35 years in the Foreign Service, Brown served mainly in the Middle East and North Africa, including assignments as Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf’s political adviser during the first Gulf War and ambassador to Mauritania. He is the author of “The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily” (McFarland, 2003).

Since 1996, the Center for the Book’s “Books & Beyond” author series has brought more than 75 authors to the Library of Congress for presentations and book signings. Many of these presentations can be seen as cybercasts on the center’s Web site:

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