• We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom

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  • Timeline  ix

    Acknowledgments  xv

    Introduction. Roots and Branches of the Tree of Liberty  1

    1. Life by Steam: The Dominican Republic's First Republic, 1844–1861  21

    2. Soon It Will Be Mexico's Turn: Caribbean Empire and Dominican Annexation  59

    3. The White Race Is Destined to Occupy This Island: Annexation and the Question of Free Labor  87

    4. The Haitians or the Whites? Colonization and Resistance, 1861–1863  117

    5. You Promised to Die of Hunger: Resistance, Slavery, and All-Out War  144

    6. The Lava Spread Everywhere: Rural Revolution, the Provisional Government, and Haiti  178

    7. Nothing Remains Anymore: The Last Days of Spanish Rule  207

    Epilogue. Between Fear and Hope  229

    Notes  237

    Bibliography  335

  • Honorable Mention, 2017 Isis Duarte Book Prize, Haiti-Dominican Republic Section of the Latin American Studies Association


  • Honorable Mention, 2017 Isis Duarte Book Prize, Haiti-Dominican Republic Section of the Latin American Studies Association

  • "Rooted in deep archival research, exhibiting a wonderful analytic and stylistic sensibility, and narrating a story that is largely overlooked, We Dream Together makes a signal contribution to Caribbean studies and the broader history of struggles for independence and emancipation in the Americas. This is the book that tells the story of the Dominican Republic's independence." — Laurent Dubois, author of Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

    "Anne Eller’s pathbreaking study provides the first social history of the Restoration War, an uprising that ended the Spanish annexation of the Dominican Republic in 1865. In the first transnational study of the period, Eller highlights how Haitians and Dominicans found common cause in the struggle against racism and imperial aggression, and how the Dominican struggle against slavery and for sovereignty was a truly Caribbean affair." — Lauren Derby, coeditor of The Dominican Republic Reader

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    In We Dream Together Anne Eller breaks with dominant narratives of conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti by tracing the complicated history of Dominican emancipation and independence between 1822 and 1865. Eller moves beyond the small body of writing by Dominican elites that often narrates Dominican nationhood to craft inclusive, popular histories of identity, community, and freedom, summoning sources that range from trial records and consul reports to poetry and song. Rethinking Dominican relationships with their communities, the national project, and the greater Caribbean, Eller shows how popular anticolonial resistance was anchored in a rich and complex political culture. Haitians and Dominicans fostered a common commitment to Caribbean freedom, the abolition of slavery, and popular democracy, often well beyond the reach of the state. By showing how the island's political roots are deeply entwined, and by contextualizing this history within the wider Atlantic world, Eller demonstrates the centrality of Dominican anticolonial struggles for understanding independence and emancipation throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. 

    About The Author(s)

    Anne Eller is Assistant Professor of History at Yale University.
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