General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas


Painting of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas by Olivier Pichat Public domain

General Dumas sounds like a character out of one of his son’s books. Because he pretty much was. His life is a series of dramatic and daring adventures, including an impressive rise up through the ranks of the French military.

Tracy's Research:

  • Wirth, Nikoulas. “Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (1762-1806). Black Past. https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/dumas-thomas-alexandre-1762-1806/
  • Gallaher, John G. and the Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. “Alexandre Dumas.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 3/18/2018. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alexandre-Dumas-French-general
  • Phillips, Mike. “Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870).” From BLACK EUROPEANS: A British Library Online Gallery. The British Library Board. http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/blackeuro/pdf/dumas.pdf
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  • Brown, Valerie Parks. “Napoleon and General Dumas.” The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 61, No. 2 (Apr., 1976). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2717270
  • Saint-Aubin, Arthur. “The ’Prison Diary’ of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas: The Representation of a Wounded Male Body in a Narrative of Loss and Mourning.” CLA Journal, Vol. 59, No. 4 (JUNE 2016). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/44325538
  • Dumas, Alexandre. “Mes Memoirs, v. 1/6.” Translated by Emily Mary Waller. 1907. Via Project Gutenberg. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/49678/49678-h/49678-h.htm
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Topics in this Podcast: 18th century, biographies, black history, military history, french revolution, France, European history, Caribbean history