Haitian Studies Association

Members' Corner

The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics

A wide ranging discussion with one of my favorite scholars, Dr. Nadève Ménard. [A sprinkle of Kreyol; the rest in English. ] We cover The Haiti Reader and a separate essay (post-2010 earthquake) she wrote to her daughter, “My Dearest Dear Ana”.

While Haiti established the second independent nation in the Western Hemisphere and was the first black country to gain independence from European colonizers, its history is not well known in the Anglophone world. As co-editor, The Haiti Reader is an introduction to Haiti’s dynamic history and culture from the viewpoint of Haitians from all walks of life.

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