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Haiti



  • Why are Historians at War with the New York Times?

    Politico's media columnist argues that the paper's outsize role in the culture is driving the anger of historians whose uncredited work was foundational to the paper's recent series on Haiti's debt payments to France. 



  • What's New and Not in the NYT Haiti Blockbuster

    by Jonathan M. Katz

    What can be taken away from the battle erupting between journalists and historians over the Times's blockbuster news event on Haiti's post-independence forced ransom? 



  • Bloody History Looms over Haitian Crisis

    "A bloody history of American influence looms large, and a century of U.S. efforts to stabilize and develop the country have ultimately ended in failure."



  • Frederick Douglass and American Empire in Haiti

    by Peter James Hudson

    "Douglass was aware of the moral limitations of U.S. exceptionalism and cautioned against its abuse—especially against countries such as Haiti that had neither the economic nor the military resources to easily withstand U.S. pressure."



  • It's not Just the Missionaries: Haiti had 782 Kidnappings This Year

    by C├ęcile Accilien

    "The kidnapping business is in fact supported by the convergence of interests of the political and business elite and the international community, while the interests of the vast majority of Haitians are obviously not taken into account."



  • Guantanamo's Other History

    by Jeffrey S. Kahn

    Reports of a bid for migrant detention contractors based at Guantanamo including speakers of Haitian Creole fed suspicion of a new connection of the military and immigration enforcement. Where Haitian refugees are concerned, the Guantanamo connection is nothing new. 



  • The West's Centuries-Old Debt to Haiti

    by Howard W. French

    "Although Americans’ centuries-long debt to the Haitian people is untaught in our schools and unacknowledged in our public discourse, the indomitable spirit of the Haitian people created the United States we know today."



  • What America Owes Haitian Asylum Seekers

    by Michael Posner

    "The plight of the Haitians has been further complicated by decades of misrule, corruption and brutality by a series of Haitian governments that received steady U.S. financial and political support despite egregious records on human rights."



  • Haiti's Disasters are Man-Made

    by Emmanuela Douyon and Alyssa Sepinwall

    Haitians' vulnerability to harm from natural disaster is conditioned by centuries of foreign interference and exploitation.



  • The Disasters in Afghanistan and Haiti Share the Same Twisted Root

    by Jonathan M. Katz

    "Both Haiti and Afghanistan owe their sorry conditions to decades of direct U.S. control. Looking closely at the links between the two is essential for understanding how to respond to each in ways that help, rather than do more harm."



  • Overturning Five Myths of the Haitian Revolution

    by Julia Gaffield

    Many understandings of the Haitian Revolution, from its intellectual and political roots, to its military progress, to its political consequences, are at best half-truths. And it did not entail "white genocide." 



  • The United States Owes Haiti a Debt it Can't Repay

    by Annette Gordon-Reed

    The Haitian Revolution set in motion events that transformed France, North America, and the Caribbean, but conflicts were invariably resolved at the expense of independent Haiti.