Haiti: The Aftershock of History

Monday, January 23, 2012

Even before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known for its poverty and corruption. Laurent Dubois discusses the maligned and misunderstood nation that has long been blamed by many for its own wretchedness. In Haiti: The Aftershock of History, he shows that Haiti's troubles can only be understood by examining its complex past.


Laurent Dubois

Comments [9]

Amy from Manhattan

Thanks for that answer, Mr. Laurent. I didn't know Frederick Douglass had been an ambassador to Haiti--that alone makes me glad I asked! I wonder how much (or little) respect the ambassadors *from* Haiti received in the US.

Jan. 23 2012 12:35 PM
antonio from bayside

My mother was born in haiti(1940) and she described going to school with a very diverse population (arabs, italians, jews etc.). How did these groups interact?

Jan. 23 2012 12:27 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Oh, horrors--a black ambassador?

Did any other countries accept ambassadors from Haiti following the revolution? When was the 1st black ambassador received in a "Western" country, & what country was that ambassador from?

Jan. 23 2012 12:24 PM
Andy B. from Queens

Part of the reason for the big difference in deforestation between Haiti and Dominican Republic is the Trujillo policy of forest conservation.

Jan. 23 2012 12:23 PM
Carlos from Weehawken, NJ

Sorry, Leonard, but the U.S. was not yet involved in World War I at the time of the Haiti occupation in 1915. (Remember that one of Woodrow Wilson's most successful reelection slogans in 1916 was "He kept us out of war.")

Jan. 23 2012 12:19 PM
john from office

I predicted this two years ago and was called a racist. The problem is the culture, many Haitians do very well here in the USA, when given a chance. The people on top do not care about the lower classes.

Jan. 23 2012 12:17 PM
Elda Tislin from Queens

I'm deeply saddened by the slow progress in the reconstruction of Haiti. I don't see the work of the special envoy by Bill Clinton and all the Aid organizations.

Jan. 23 2012 12:14 PM
Bill O'Neill

My letter published in the NYT on an army for HaitiLetter

A Youth Corps, Not an Army, for Haiti

Published: October 28, 2011





To the Editor:

Re “Haitians Train for a Future With a Military” (news article, Oct. 26):

Haiti does not need an army. The high level of unemployed youths would be better served, and so would Haiti, by creating a youth corps that is already provided for in the 1987 Constitution.

Young Haitian women and men would be trained, equipped and paid to plant trees, clear drainage ditches and irrigation canals, build schools and roads, and provide first aid.

The Haitian police should be the country’s only public security service, and they need significant international financial assistance to have the number of officers to deploy throughout the country; they also need communications and forensic equipment.

Haiti faces no foreign security threat, and creating an army is no answer to high youth unemployment.

Brooklyn, Oct. 26, 2011

The writer is a lawyer who has worked on police and judicial reform in Haiti.

Jan. 23 2012 12:12 PM
George from Brooklyn

What has happened to President Michel Martelly's plan to reinstate the Haitian army?

Jan. 23 2012 12:59 AM

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