In this sweeping history, leading Haitian intellectual Jean Casimir argues that the story of Haiti should not begin with the usual image of Saint-Domingue as the richest colony of the eighteenth century. Rather, it begins with a reconstruction of how individuals from Africa, in the midst of the golden age of imperialism, created a sovereign society based on political imagination and a radical rejection of the colonial order, persisting even through the U.S. occupation in 1915.
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 precontact indigenous Haiti and 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.
Approaching Haiti'shistory and culture from a multidisciplinary perspective This volume is the first to focus on teaching about Haiti's complex history and culture from a multidisciplinary perspective. Making broad connections between Haiti and the rest of the Caribbean, contributors provide pedagogical guidance on how to approach the country from different lenses in course curricula. They offer practical suggestions, theories on a wide variety of texts, examples of syllabi, and classroom experiences. Teaching Haiti dispels stereotypes associating Haiti with disaster, poverty, and negative ideas of Vodou, going beyond the simplistic neocolonial, imperialist, and racist descriptions often found in literary and historical accounts. Instructors in diverse subject areas discuss ways of reshaping old narratives through women's and gender studies, poetry, theater, art, religion, language, politics, history, and popular culture, and they advocate for including Haiti in American and Latin American studies courses. Portraying Haiti not as "the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere" but as a nation with a multifaceted culture that plays an important part on the world's stage, this volume offers valuable lessons about Haiti's past and present related to immigration, migration, locality, and globality.
The Archives Nationales d'Haïti houses civil and state records as well of those of the Office of the President and most government ministries. The Archives Nationales d'Haïti is contributing to is contributing to the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and participates in dLOC's Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative.
The Bibliothèque Haïtienne des Frères de l'Instruction Chrètienne, founded in 1912 by the Christian Brothers, serves as a repository for Haitian imprints and holds one of the most significant collections of newspapers.
A Colony in Crisis: The Saint-Domingue Grain Shortage of 1789 provides online access to the French originals as well as the English and Haitian Creole translations of key primary sources dealing with the grain shortage faced by the colony of Saint-Domingue in 1789. Each document is accompanied by a brief historical introduction to situate the reader in the time period (University of Maryland).
The Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University's ongoing efforts to help preserve Haitian cultural patrimony, highlight the work of Haiti's cultural leaders, scholars and artists, and promote broad access to discussions about the Arts through the use of Haitian Creole.
Institut de Sauveguard du Patrimoine National (ISPAN) operates independently under the auspices of the Haitian Ministry of Culture. ISPAN's mission is to document and classify historic monuments and sites in Haiti, and to undertake and manage preservation and restoration projects of those sites.
The Haitian Law Digital Collection in the Digital Library of the Caribbean includes historic through current Haitian law documents and related international documents. Contributors to this collection include dLOC partners in Haiti and around the world, LLMC Digital and its partners for the Haiti Legal Patrimony Project, and others.
Founded in 1873 by Father Daniel Weick of French nationality, the BHPSE, is the oldest library in Haiti. Its collection on the history of slavery in many ways is one of the richest in the Caribbean. During its history, the Library has received donations of important private collections: the fund Linstant Pradines, those Semexan Rouzier, Michel Oreste among several others, and Odette Milo Rigaud Edmond Mangonès, the Dupuy family, the diplomat Edner Brutus, and the poet René Belance.
Florida-based Educa Vision designs, develops, publishes, and distributes a broad range of multicultural and multilingual educational materials. Its catalog specializes in books and curriculum materials in Haitian Kreyol.
Leaders of the pioneering educational publishing company "Educa Vision" recorded an oral history of their enterprise. Speakers were founder and publisher Fequiere Vilsaint, author and vice-president Maude Heurtelou and Carol Hollander, editor of the firm's Caribbean Studies Press. Established upon a fundamental commitment to recognize, build upon and develop the linguist and cultural asset that is a Haitian-Creole speaking child's native language, the press supports this child when he or she enters a predominately English-Language classroom (Library of Congress).