The Haiti Reader

History, Culture, Politics

The Haiti Reader

The Latin America Readers

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Book Pages: 560 Illustrations: 63 illustrations, incl. 17 in color Published: February 2020

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Caribbean Studies, General Interest > Travel, History > Latin American History

While Haiti established the second independent nation in the Western Hemisphere and was the first black country to gain independence from European colonizers, its history is not well known in the Anglophone world. The Haiti Reader introduces readers to Haiti's dynamic history and culture from the viewpoint of Haitians from all walks of life. Its dozens of selections—most of which appear here in English for the first time—are representative of Haiti's scholarly, literary, religious, visual, musical, and political cultures, and range from poems, novels, and political tracts to essays, legislation, songs, and folk tales. Spanning the centuries between pre-contact indigenous Haiti to the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, the Reader covers widely known episodes in Haiti's history, such as the U.S. military occupation and the Duvalier dictatorship, as well as overlooked periods such as the decades immediately following Haiti's “second independence” in 1934. Whether examining issues of political upheaval, the environment, or modernization, The Haiti Reader provides an unparalleled look at Haiti's history, culture, and politics.

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“Bravo to this editorial collective! With its span from early history to the present, this reader is set to demolish the distorted myths from realities in ways that will undoubtedly disrupt the incessant narratives of exceptionalism plaguing the first Black Republic. This is a revelatory and textured collection of Haitian modernity that brings more of Haitian Studies out of exile into the world, which will become referential for years to come, both in and out of the classroom.” — Gina Athena Ulysse, author of Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me, and the World

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Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University. 

Kaiama L. Glover is Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College. 

Nadève Ménard is Professor of Literature at the École Normale Supérieure, Université d’État d’Haïti. 

Millery Polyné is Associate Professor of History at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. 

Chantalle F. Verna is Associate Professor of History and International Relations at Florida International University.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0677-0 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0516-2
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