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On January 1, 1804, Dessalines declared St.Domingue’s independence and restored the island’s aboriginal name of “Ayiti” or Haiti. Their victory birthed the first independent black republic and brought slavery to an end on their nation. The recently late Haitian anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot questioned the loud silence surrounding Haiti’s revolt in a groundbreaking text with the title, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. Trouillot (1977)also provided a detailed summary of the revolution in Haitian KreyòlIn this section of the website, we provide a compilation of the articles, books, news clips, and documentaries about this period.  We also invite the viewer to share their personal experiences or perspectives about the materials included here.  We challenge you to critically evaluate these materials and contribute to the collection by informing us of what we missed.    

 

The silencing of the Haitian Revolution is only a chapter within a narrative of global domination. It is part of the history of the West and it is likely to persist, even in attenuated form, as long as the history of the West is not retold in ways that bring forward the perspective of the world.” (Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past, p. 107).

 

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