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Monthly Archives: March 2004

This Gilded African to page 82

In early 1794, Laveaux was in a desperate situation. Officers and men alike were reduced to rations of six ounces of bread per day. Disease claimed his men, and he was running out of ammo, clothes, and other supplies. (p. 74) The British were sweeping easily through the country and had already taken much of […]

Those who can’t teach, fish.

Brad DeLong excerpts a white paper on financial sustainability that immediately made me think of the failed policies of NGOs in Haiti. Note: The Anti-Worm Guys Don’t Like ‘financial sustainability’ While sustainability is certainly a desirable goal, it may be difficult to achieve. Teaching people to fish rather than providing fish is great if it […]

Parkinson to page 74

As I’ve decided to start keeping a timeline of revolutionary events, I’ve started to notice that Parkinson isn’t much for dates. This makes for a much breezier read, no doubt, but doesn’t really help my timeline creation. Roume, St. Leger, and Mirbeck left St. Domingue on September 17, 1792, to be replaced by Commissioners Sonthonax, […]

This Gilded African to page 65

I’m finding Parkinson’s book a good source of stimulation for thinking about character traits, interactions, and motivations. However, I get the occasional feeling that she’s got the facts wrong, and some of her conclusions, in my opinion, reach rather far afield, as in a paragraph on page 52 where she ascribes to Toussaint a rather […]

Is Aristide playing Toussaint?

I posted this question to the Haiti List last night, and I think it’s at least an interesting question, if also nothing more than idle speculation… I’m probably the last person in the world to get this, right? Am I the slow one? If so, forgive me. I’m new to this stuff… I was reading […]

The Black Liberator

I’ve been skipping around to different books in my collection lately. Recently, I spent some time with Black Liberator, The Life of Toussaint Louverture, by Stephen Alexis (translated and abridged by William Stirling from Alexis’ Toussaint Louverture, Lib�rataur d’Haiti) The book lists Alexis as “Formerly Haitian Minister at the Court of St. James.” The jacket […]

The Haitians and the Irish

[The Louverture Project welcomes new contributor R. P. Remarque.] Similarities between the horrendous, compounding devastation in Haiti from Toussaint’s ousting until the present day, and the horrifying poverty and pulverizing political suppression of the Irish that peaked during, and after, the ‘Great Hunger’ years of the 1845-49 potato famine years, are startling. Certainly they are […]