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Haiti: Americas

Haiti did not forget what she considered her duty toward those who were fighting to free themselves from European domination. She gave a hearty welcome to Simon Bolivar… Jacques Nicholas Leger, Haiti: Her History and Her Detractors (1907)

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Haiti: Liberty or Death

Never again shall a Colonial or an European set his foot upon this territory with the title of master or proprietor. This resolution shall henceforward form the fundamental basis of our constitution. Jean-Jacques Dessalines, “Liberty or Death: Proclamation,” Balance and Columbian Repository (June 19, 1804)

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Haiti: Democracy

The Haitian Revolution truly deserves the title of repetition of the French Revolution: led by Toussaint L’Ouverture, it was clearly “ahead of his time”, “premature” and doomed to fail, yet, precisely as such, it was perhaps even more of an event than the French Revolution itself. Slavoj Zizek, “Democracy versus the people,” New Statesman (August […]

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Haiti: Reparations

The modern nation of Haiti was founded 200 years ago after the first and only successful slave revolt in the Americas. Today it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. To historians, the connection between these two facts has long been obvious. Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, “Reparation Day,” The Boston Globe (January 4, 2004)

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