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Dark Specters and Black Kingdoms: An interview with historian Ada Ferrer

THE PUBLIC ARCHIVE: Ada Ferrer is Professor of History and Latin American Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on the themes of race and slavery, and nationalism and revolution, in the nineteenth-century Caribbean and Atlantic World. Her first book, Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868–1898, a critical, path-breaking study of the multiracial […]

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Migrations and Microhistories: An interview with historian Matthew J. Smith

MATTHEW J. SMITH is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. His first book, Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957 is a brilliant, pioneering account of the remarkable political history of Haiti from the end of the US Occupation to the rise of Francois […]

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Andrew Salkey, “For Haiti” (1983)

In Memory of Jacques Stephen Alexis and Jacques Roumain 1 We’re either cut down, weighted and dumped into the sea By the savagery of those licensed uncles of woven straw Or else we’re driven into the ground by their lurking threats; From both extremes, the headlamps of blue light terrorize us: tontons-macoutes parading their acumen, […]

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