Week 2: June 21

Chapter 1: Introduction (1–25)

→ Note Casimir’s invitation on pp. 1–2: “I invite readers to place Haitians at the center of their thinking and to recognize the role of external influences without getting distracted by their logic and norms derived from that logic. The focus here is on the logic and norms of behavior of Haitians themselves” 

→ Explain Casimir’s resistance to the identification of his ancestors as “former slaves”? What does he propose instead?

→ How does Casimir define the Haitian Revolution?

→ How does Casimir define sovereignty? What defines the Haitians’ sovereignty? 

→ What is Casimir’s approach to race, color, and ethnic difference?

→ Describe Casimir’s method.

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