Haiti: Slavery

Negroes cutting sugar-canes.

The stranger in San Domingo was awakened by the cracks of the whip, the stifled cries, and the heavy groans of the Negroes who saw the sun rise only to curse it for its renewal of their labours and their pains.

CLR James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Santo Domingo Revolution (1938)

This slave trade is now being directed from Cuba to the Latin American mainland. For example, during the banana strike in Colombia in 1928 the United Fruit Company, an American corporation imported thousands of Haitians and Jamaicans in order to break the strike of the Columbian workers.

George Padmore, Life and Struggles of Negro Toilers (1931)

Although slavery in the Dominican Republic was formally abolished over a century ago, Haitians in that country continue to be delivered at gunpont to work on government-run plantations. Like their ancestors brought from Africa, they are forced to labor against their will, cutting sugar cane for armed Dominican masters.

Americas Watch Committee, Haitian sugar-cane cutters in the Dominican Republic (1989)

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  1. clifton joseph
    Posted March 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    the public/archive is an excellent idea. there is still so much history and analysis that needs to be brought forward. good work. good moves. good luck..

  2. Posted March 6, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Congrats on this great blog, which I just learned about. We are trying to do something along the same lines regarding Cuba, and lately i’ve put up several posts on Cuba Haiti relations that might interest you:

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