Haiti: History

Toussaint Louverture; Chef des Noirs Insurgés de Saint Domingue Paris Jean de Beauvais.

Haitian exceptionalism takes many forms. The most dangerous and resilient is the idea that the Haitian political quagmire is due to some congenital disease of the Haitian mind. Such a conclusion makes Haiti’s political dilemma immune to rational explanation and therefore to solutions that could be both just and practical.

Michel-Rolph Trouillot, “Haiti’s Nightmare and the Lessons of History,” NACLA (January-February, 1994)

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