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Dread and Dispossession: An interview with Colin Dayan

Colin Dayan, the Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, has written on the literature and literary histories of the United States, Haiti, and Jamaica; on law, ritual, and anthropology; on prisons, torture, and the nature of the person. Her first book was an introduction to and translation of [...]
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Jean-Claude Duvalier, February 8, 1986

Aislin (alias Terry Mosher), Baby Doc flees Haiti to France (Ink, felt pen, overlay on paper. February 8, 1986. McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec.
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Jean-Claude Duvalier

Jean‑Claude Duvalier was Haiti’s “president for life” from 1971 to 1986, succeeding his father François “Papa Doc” Duvalier.  The Duvaliers are estimated to have ordered the deaths of between twenty and thirty thousand Haitian civilians. The brutality of their government created the modern Haitian diaspora, driving hundreds of thousands of Haitians [...]
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Port-au-Prince

inside the car françois and i could see the light coming from the cigarette michelle duvalier was smoking her husband declared president for life looked like a fat chauffer sitting behind the wheel françois and i smiled the small procession of cars slipping past us in the dark we did not know that a few miles away people were already celebrating nor could we see the joy on the faces of the men who ran holding knives [...]
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François Duvalier, Haiti and the Republic of Biafra

The vocation of the first independent Negro Republic in the world to secure everywhere the defence of the prestige and dignity of our race, its conditions of an extra-continental state added to the fact that it does not seek any personal advantage, put Haiti in a privileged position to cause the voice of right, wisdom [...]
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Haiti: February 7, 1986

Twenty-five years after Jean-Claude Duvalier left power, scores of his alleged victims are still awaiting justice. This Amnesty International video from 1985 contains testimonies of the widespread arbitrary detentions and torture. Amnesty International (7 February 2011)
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Haiti: Jean-Claude Duvalier

But if the father had been awesome yet comprehensible, the son, inheriting power as a nineteen-year-old cipher, had gradually emerged as something else, something foreign and decadent. Mark Danner, “Beyond the Mountains,” The New Yorker (November 27, 1989, December 4, 1989, December 11, 1989) The paranoia of the Duvalier family … is surpassed only by [...]
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Haiti: Joe Gaetjens

“Outside the lines: A Goal, a Ghost,” ESPN Soccernet (May 30, 2010)
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