Readers’ Guide

Suggested Readings and Resources

Useful Websites and Digital Resources

MIT-Haiti initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Readers of Haitian Kreyòl will find the resources provided here to be particularly useful. These resources include not only a biography of Casimir but also explanations of several key terms and aspects of Haitian history re-theorized by Casimir. 

THE OTHER REVOLUTION: HAITI, 1789-1804 online exhibition at the John Carter Brown Library

The exhibition provides a running narrative of the Haitian Revolution through digitized books, pamphlets, maps, and prints. The major turning points of the Revolution, its key personalities, as well as its most significant themes and problems, are all explained at the particular moment in which they appear in the narrative.

Haiti: An Island Luminous

An Island Luminous is a site to help readers learn about Haiti’s history. Created by historian Adam M. Silvia and hosted online by Digital Library of the Caribbean, An Island Luminous combines rare books, manuscripts, and photos scanned by archives and libraries in Haiti and the United States with commentary by over one hundred (100) authors from universities around the world.

Reviews and Interviews

Interview with Black Agenda Report

Interview with New Books Network

Interview with Le Nouvelliste

Review in Age of Revolutions

Review in Public Books

Books and Articles

Blackburn, Robin. The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, 1776–1848. New York: Verso, 1988.

Byrd, Brandon R. The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.

Camier, Bernard, and Laurent Dubois. “Voltaire et Zaïre, ou le théâtre des Lumières dans l’aire atlantique française.” Revue d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine 54.4 (2007): 39–69.

Dash, J. Michael. Haiti and the United States: National Stereotypes and the Literary Imagination. London: Macmillan, 1988.

Dubois, Laurent. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Dubois, Laurent, Kaiama L. Glover, Nadève Ménard, and Chantalle F. Verna. The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics. The Latin America Readers. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.

Eddins, Crystal. ‘‘Rejoice! Your wombs will not beget slaves!’ Marronnage as Reproductive Justice in Colonial Haiti.” Gender & History, Vol.32 No.3 October 2020, pp. 562–580.

Fick, Carolyn. The Making of Haiti: The Saint Domingue Revolution from Below. Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee Press, 1990.

Fiering, Norman, and David P. Geggus, eds. The World of the Haitian Revolution. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008.

Fischer, Sibylle. Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in The Age of Revolution. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.

Geggus, David P. Haitian Revolutionary Studies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.

James, C. L. R. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint Louverture and the San Domingo Revolution. London: Secker and Warburg,1938.

Johnson, Jessica Marie. Wicked Flesh: Women, Intimacy and Freedom in the Atlantic World. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.

Knight, Franklin W. “The Haitian Revolution.” American Historical Review 105 (2000): 103–115.

Rainsford, Marcus. An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti, Comprehending a View of the Principal Transactions in the Revolution of Saint Domingo; with Its Ancient and Modern State. London: Albion, 1805.

Shellers, Mimi. Democracy after Slavery: Black Publics and Peasant Radicalism in Haiti and Jamaica. Gainsville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 2000

Stieber, Chelsea. Haiti’s Paper War: Post-Independence Writing, Civil War, and the Making of the Republic, 1804-1954. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2020. 

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1995.

Stay tuned for additional resources!


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