I want to talk of fair criticism and unfair criticism. I am reading Kenneth Roberts Lydia Bailey. Much of the criticism about the book being a PC nightmare is unfounded.
In the Kenneth Roberts formula the best friend of the lead is often the real hero and far more interesting.
In the 1940's the notion of a Black hero was revolutionary for its day. True the name of the charachter in question is the dreadful King Dick or KD. KD is a Black Sudanese sold into slavery who learns the trading business and frees himself. He gets mixed up in some intrigue in the American South and flees to Haiti where he joins the initial revolution.
When one considers the author regularly savages real historical figures the portrayal of Toussaint L'oveture is one of wisdom and strength of character. The lead character speaks out in favor of the revolution against slavery. In appreciation L'oveture instructs KD to help find the leads woman. The French are portrayed as arrogant, inhuman and bestial.
There is also the criticism of the authors use of Ebonics for the dialogue of KB. Do these critics expect an ex slave to speak like William F Buckley or Jay Leno. The broken English common in the West Indies lends an authenticity to the work of historical fiction. It is not or should not be confused with a term paper.
Overall, I would recommend the book Lydia Bailey as a fun starting point for a discussion of Haiti and the romance some have with Napoleon. For all the talk of the French Revolution the guillotines, terror and attempting to place people back into slavery shows it for its true colors.