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Haiti, History, and the Gods$
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Joan Dayan

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780520089006

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520089006.001.0001

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Gothic Americas

Gothic Americas

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Haiti, History, and the Gods

Joan Dayan

University of California Press

This chapter examines the history of the people of Haiti in relation to the history of the Americas. It discusses the United States' support for the French government's plan to reconquest Saint-Domingue and the restablishment of slavery in the early 1800s, and highlights the transport of colored people from the United States to Haiti. The chapter suggests that the development of romance in the Americas was linked in unsettling ways to the business of race, because out of the ground of bondage came a cruel analytic of love in the New World.

Keywords:   Haiti, Americas, United States, Saint-Domingue, slavery, romance, race, New World

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