In the wake of President Trump’s recent comments regarding immigrants to the United States from Haiti, we’ve curated a list of our books about Haiti’s deep history and rich cultural heritage. Soundly researched and well written, these books provide an opportunity for readers everywhere to learn about the true nature of the Caribbean nation that almost 11 million people call home.


01102018192451_500x500Transnational Hispaniola: New Directions in Haitian and Dominican Studies
Edited by April J. Mayes and Kiran C. Jayaram

“Highly original and richly researched, this volume challenges many of the bedrock assumptions in Dominican and Haitian nationalist and statist thought, filling important gaps in the literature on the island in English.”—Lauren Derby, coeditor of Activating the Past: History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World


05082018180556_500x500Detain and Punish: Haitian Refugees and the Rise of the World’s Largest Immigration Detention System
Carl Lindskoog
Available in August

“Shows how systems, policies, and even detention centers that were designed for Haitian refugees grew insidiously over the decades into a more and more encompassing immigrant detention system.”—Aviva Chomsky, author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal

“Forcefully demonstrates how the case of Haitian refugee detention became the basis for America’s inhumane response to refugees arriving directly on its shores.”—Alex Stepick, author of Pride against Prejudice: Haitians in the United States



Who Owns Haiti?: People, Power, and Sovereignty
Edited by Robert Maguire and Scott Freeman

“A timely collection of articles by some of the leading and emerging scholars and specialists on Haiti, offering a wide range of critical perspectives on the question and meaning of sovereignty in Haiti.”—Alex Dupuy, coauthor of The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti

“Powerful essays by experts in their fields addressing what matters most to smaller nations—the meaning of sovereignty, and the horrid trajectory from colonialism, to neocolonialism into neoliberalism.”—Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, author of Haiti: The Breached Citadel


pamph002_500x500Contrary Destinies: A Century of America’s Occupation, Deoccupation, and Reoccupation of Haiti
Leon D. Pamphile

“A significant work, partly because of its ambition and partly because of its refreshing perspective. This is Haitian history through the eyes of a Haitian scholar. . . . It will serve future scholars—both Haitian and American—who seek to understand more fully this profoundly consequential relationship.”—American Historical Review

“Unpacks the cultural, political, and economic impact of U.S. occupation, and by extension, American imperialism in Haiti.”—Quito Swan, author of Black Power in Bermuda: The Struggle for Decolonization



Istwa across the Water: Haitian History, Memory, and the Cultural Imagination
Toni Pressley-Sanon

“Untwines the aesthetic, sociohistorical, and spiritual ties that bind and unbind the first black republic to the African continent.”—Gina Athena Ulysse, author of Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle

“Reveals an impressively rich cultural landscape inhabited by women and men whose legendary resilience in the face of adversity clothes a ferocious dedication to their identity as free people.”—LeGrace Benson, author of Arts and Religions of Haiti: How the Sun Illuminates Under Cover of Darkness


brazi001_500x500Duvalier’s Ghosts: Race, Diaspora, and U.S. Imperialism in Haitian Literatures
Jana Evans Braziel

“A study which foregrounds the experiences of refugees (particularly those refused asylum and detained in camps), the political mobilisation of the diaspora in the United States, the ramifications of the policies and adjustment programmes imposed on Haiti by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and USAID.”—Bulletin of Latin American Research

“Urgently pursues those nameless ghosts of Haitians lost in the liminal space of the Black Atlantic.”—New West Indian Guide


polynf08_500x500From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870–1964
Millery Polyné

“Most works on Haiti tend to focus either on the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) or the more recent era of Jean Bertrand Aristide (1991-2004), and specifically the US-supported coup in 2004. In excluding these two seismic eras, Polyné (NYU) tells a more important story of the forging and gradual weakening of ties between US African Americans and Haitians. Impressive temporally and thematically, well researched, and destined to be an important work.”—Choice

“Widens our understanding of the Americas for the discipline of American Studies and paves the way for new and stimulating discussions in the fields of history and African American and Haitian studies. [Polyné] has ignited a welcome and relevant debate about the concept and practice of black Pan-Americanism, which should be applied to all parts of the Americas. The book is a strong addition to hemispheric American Studies.”—The Americas


zacai001_500x500Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean
Edited by Philippe Zacaïr

“This groundbreaking book aims at describing and understanding the opposition that Haitians have met with as they settle in the United States and other parts of the Caribbean. This collection of essays is the first comparative attempt to discuss anti-Haitian feelings across the Caribbean and the United States. Its interdisciplinary approaches make it a seminal book for students ready to consider migration and other transnational processes not just from the common understanding of hybridity and cultural creation but from the reality of stigmatization and discrimination that many foreign nationals are subjected to.”—New West Indian Guide

“Casts considerable light on and enhances our understanding of the experiences of Haitian migrants in their adopted homes.”—Louisiana History


Through June 17, 2018, these books are available at discount prices and $1 shipping in our “Moms, Dads, and Grads” book sale. Order at and use code MDG18 for discount prices.

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