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Haitian Independence Day

To Preserve Their Freedom by African American artist Jacob Lawrence           from his series the Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture


January 1, 1804 the Haitian revolution succeeds. To learn more about Haitian history, Progressive Pupil suggests The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James and The Uses of Haiti by Paul Farmer.  What are some of the biggest misconceptions we have about Haiti today?

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  1. Being a Haitian-American, I would always get upset when I would see a one sided view of Haiti in the media. This country has it’s issues, but it has so much culture. The culture of the people is carried no matter where they are. When my family talks about when they were in Haiti, I visualize a country that has natural beauty. My family left for the “American Dream”, it was over 20yrs that my mother finally went back this year. Even as a native of this country, she was taken a back by the poverty, but still was able to see the beauty of the place she once lived. Independence day in any Haitian household is similar, with joy and soup joumou.

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