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  • Why the Cocks Fightby Michele Wucker

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 22.99

    Like two roosters in a fighting arena, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are encircled by barriers of geography and poverty. They co-inhabit the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply divided as their cultures: one French-speaking and black, one Spanish-speaking and mulatto. Yet, despite their antagonism, the two countries... more...

  • Puerto Ricans in the Empireby Teresita A. Levy

    Rutgers University Press 2014; US$ 28.95

    A major contribution to the debate over U.S. colonialism, Puerto Ricans in the Empire shows how Puerto Ricans won inclusion in the empire, in terms that were defined not only by the colonial power, but also by the colonized. Focusing on the tobacco growing industry, Teresita Levy reveals how farmers became an effective political force in the empire,... more...

  • The History of Mary Princeby Mary Prince

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 6.95

    The first black woman to escape from slavery in the British colonies and publish a record of her experiences, Prince vividly recalls her life in the West Indies, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her 1828 escape in England. A straightforward, often poetic account of a struggle for freedom. more...

  • The Modern Caribbeanby Franklin W. Knight; Colin A. Palmer

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    This collection of thirteen original essays by experts in the field of Caribbean studies clarifies the diverse elements that have shaped the modern Caribbean. Through an interdisciplinary examination of the complexities of race, politics, language, and environment that mark the region, the authors offer readers a thorough understanding of the Caribbean's... more...

  • Liberty, Fraternity, Exileby Matthew J. Smith

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 24.99

    In this moving microhistory of nineteenth-century Haiti and Jamaica, Matthew J. Smith details the intimate connections that illuminate the conjoined histories of both places after slavery. The frequent movement of people between Haiti and Jamaica in the decades following emancipation in the British Caribbean brought the countries into closer contact... more...

  • Marc-Antoine Caillot and the Company of the Indies in Louisianaby Erin M. Greenwald

    LSU Press 2016; US$ 45.00

    Between 1717 and 1731, the French Company of the Indies (Compagnie des Indes) held a virtual monopoly over Louisiana culture and trade. Among numerous controls, its administrators oversaw the slave trade, the immigration of free and indentured whites, negotiations with Native American peoples, and the purchase and exportation of Louisiana-grown tobacco.... more...

  • Race and Class in the Colonial Bahamas, 1880-1960by Gail Saunders

    University Press of Florida 2016; US$ 89.95

    One of the British Empire?s most isolated and poorest colonies, the Bahamas has never quite seen itself as part of the British West Indies nor vice versa. Although the Bahamas had class tensions similar to those found in other British colonial lands, Gail Saunders shows that racial tensions did not necessarily parallel those across the West Indies... more...

  • Haiti: The Aftershocks of Historyby Laurent Dubois

    Henry Holt and Co. 2012; US$ 20.99

    A passionate and insightful account by a leading historian of Haiti that traces the sources of the country's devastating present back to its turbulent and traumatic history Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption. Maligned and misunderstood, the nation has long... more...

  • Cuban Anarchismby Frank Fernández; Charles Bufe

    See Sharp Press 2014; US$ 6.99

    This inspiring history of the Cuban anarchist movement is also a history of the Cuban labor movement. It covers both from their origins in the mid-19th century to the present, and ends with an enlightening analysis of the failure of the Castro dictatorship. more...

  • Island Possessedby Katherine Dunham

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 22.99

    Just as surely as Haiti is "possessed" by the gods and spirits of vaudun (voodoo), the island "possessed" Katherine Dunham when she first went there in 1936 to study dance and ritual. In this book, Dunham reveals how her anthropological research, her work in dance, and her fascination for the people and cults of Haiti worked their spell, catapulting... more...