Editorial: Dechouke Boukman (Destroying Boukman), 21 March 1998

In this 1998 editorial, Jean Dominique takes to task the American missionaries who have come to Haiti to proselytize and “dechouke Boukman” — to destroy the reputation of Boukman, a slave who was one of the early leaders of the Haitian Revolution.  Boukman is said to have led a ceremony at Bois Caïman, which missionaries describe as a “pact with the devil.”  In tearing down Boukman, Dominique argues, evangelicals not only disparage the vodou religion, but also undermine the very legitimacy of the Haitian Revolution.

As Dominique points out, intolerance and persecution of vodou believers had been occurring throughout the 20th century, most notably during the 1940s, when the Catholic Church undertook a massive “antisuperstition campaign” in which vodou temples were destroyed and adherents were forced to renounce their religion.

This kind of hidebound intolerance persists among US evangelicals to this day, illustrated most famously when Pat Robertson blamed the 2010 earthquake on Haitians having made a “pact with the devil” to secure their freedom from France.

Interview with Roger Gaillard on Rosalvo Bobo and the Caco Rebellion, 9 March 1968

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Download: Entèvyou avèk Roger Gaillard sou Rosalvo Bobo ak Cacoïsme, 9 mas 1968 (1)

Entèvyou avèk Roger Gaillard sou Rosalvo Bobo ak Cacoïsme, 9 mas 1968 (2)

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Jean Dominique interviews historian Roger Gaillard about his work on the US Marine Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934), with particular emphasis on anti-imperialism, the armed Caco rebellion against the American occupation and the politics and personality of Rosalvo Bobo.

Face à l’Opinion: Vertus Saint-Louis on Toussaint Louverture, 12 June 1998

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Face à l’Opinion: Vertus Saint-Louis sou Toussaint Louverture, 12/06/1998 (1)

Face à l’Opinion: Vertus Saint-Louis sou Toussaint Louverture, 12/06/1998 (2)

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Professor Vertus Saint Louis of the Université d’État d’Haïti – who prefers to be called a “student of history” rather than a historian — studied colonial Saint Domingue and offers an original analysis of the circumstances leading to the rise and fall of the architect of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint Louverture. In this very lively interview, he discusses the conflicts and alliances between “affranchis” (free people of color) and slaves, and mixed-race and Black Haitians, in particular Toussaint’s struggle for southern Haiti against mûlatre General André Rigaud.  (In Haitian Creole, the term “mûlatre” refers generally to lighter-skinned and upper-class Haitians of mixed African and European ancestry, and therefore has connotations of both race and social status, but is not pejorative.) Saint-Louis also discusses at length the economic and military machinations of the British, French, and Americans in the Haitian Revolution. Interview Jean Dominique.