Istwa across the Water

“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 “A nonlinear, creative, powerful reflection on history and the stories we tell about ourselves. What was disconnected is now remembered using the very tools … Continue reading Istwa across the Water

Who Owns Haiti?

“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 “Directly asks the provocative question of ownership and … Continue reading Who Owns Haiti?

Contrary Destinies

"Provides a wealth of information about the nature of American occupations in Haiti that can be useful to Latin American historians and political scientists interested in international relations between the United States and other countries in the region."--Leslie G. Desmangles, author of The Faces of the Gods: Vodou and Roman Catholicism in Haiti "Unpacks the … Continue reading Contrary Destinies

Gatorbytes Behind-the-Story: The Disease Detectives

In April, the University of Florida and the University Press of Florida launched Gatorbytes, a digital book series following the innovative research taking place at UF. Intended to pique the interests of the intellectually curious and to share the stories behind the discoveries being made at UF, the books are written by professional journalists.  “They know how to … Continue reading Gatorbytes Behind-the-Story: The Disease Detectives

The Mulatto Republic

The Mulatto Republic: Class, Race, and Dominican National Identity by April J. Mayes Once celebrated as a mulatto racial paradise, the Dominican Republic has abandoned its Haitian and black influences in favor of white, Hispanic culture, and this book aims to find out why. Was this shift in national ideologies caused by the authoritarian Trujillo … Continue reading The Mulatto Republic

Critical View of Baby Doc’s Presidency A Necessary Building Block for Haiti

As part of our commemorations of Black History month, we asked Millery Polyné, author of From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870–1964 for his thoughts on Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier's return to Haiti: "After 25 years in exile Jean-Claude Duvalier's arrival in Haiti has sparked a mixture of emotions and … Continue reading Critical View of Baby Doc’s Presidency A Necessary Building Block for Haiti