My manuscript builds upon my dissertation research on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Haiti. I trace how Haitians have remembered and narrated the country’s foundational event, the Haitian Revolution. On 1 January 1804 Jean-Jacques Dessalines formally declared the new country of Haiti independent and established a tradition for commemorating the revolution. For over two hundred years Haitian leaders have followed Dessalines’s example and staged a scripted version of the nation’s past that responded to the needs of the present. At the same time, ordinary Haitians have sought to construct their own narratives. I argue that for Haitians, regardless of class, commemorating the revolution was a means of defining themselves, defending Haiti’s existence, and celebrating the achievements of African descendants. However, competing memories emerged from these commemorations that challenged the fashioning of a unified Haitian national identity.
“Visions of Haiti’s Past: Commemorations and Representations of the Haitian Revolution,” manuscript project
Book Chapters & Articles
“Revolutionary Narrations: Early Haitian Historiography and the Challenge of Writing Counter-History.” Atlantic Studies (forthcoming fall 2017)
“Revolutionary Commemorations: Jean-Jacques Dessalines and Haitian Independence Day, 1804-1904.” In The Haitian Declaration of Independence: Creation, Context, and Legacy, edited by Julia Gaffield, 219-238. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2016.
“Encountering Creole genesis in the Haitian Press: Massillon Coicou’s fin-de-siècle feuilleton ‘La Noire.’” In La Española—Isla de Encuentros, edited by Jessica Barzen, Hanna L. Geiger, and Silke Jansen, 87-98. Tübingen, Germany: Narr Francke Attempto, 2015.
Digital Library of the Caribbean
“Boyer and the Outside World,” Haiti: Une île lumineuse, Digitial Library of the Caribbean, 2014, http://islandluminous.fiu.edu/index.html.
Laurent Dubois and Erin Zavitz, “Thomas Madiou, Histoire d’Haïti: Excerpts that relate to history of Vodou,” Vodou Archive, UF-Duke NEH Collaborative Grant, Digital Library of the Caribbean: 2013, http://dloc.com/AA00016784/00001.
Benjamin Hebblethwaite, Erin Zavitz, and Megan Raitano, “Benjamin Hebblethwaite interviews Ati Max Beauvoir,” Vodou Archive, UF-Duke NEH Collaborative Grant, Digital Library of the Caribbean: 2013, http://dloc.com/AA00018731/00001.
Jacques Coret, Laurent Dubois, Erin Zavitz, and Benjamin Hebblethwaite, “Selections from The Guiding Angel of Devoted Souls,” Vodou Archive, UF-Duke NEH Collaborative Grant, Digital Library of the Caribbean: 2013, http://dloc.com/AA00017895/00001.
“Literary Representations of the Haitian Revolution: A Teaching Resource for Pierre Faubert’s Ogé ou le Préjugé de Couleur and Émeric Bergeaud’s Stella.” Digital Library of the Caribbean: 2012. http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00009712/00001.
“Revolutions in the Classroom: Digital Humanities and the U.S. History Survey,” Age of Revolutions 13 June 2016, https://ageofrevolutions.com/2016/06/13/revolutions-in-the-classroom-digital-humanities-and-the-u-s-history-survey/
“The 2015-16 Haitian Elections: Politicizing Dessalines and the Memory of the Haitian Revolution,” 15 February 2016, Age of Revolutions: A HistorioBLOG, http://ageofrevolutions.com/2016/02/15/the-2015-16-haitian-elections-politicizing-dessalines-and-the-memory-of-the-haitian-revolution/
“Haiti’s Revolutionary Calendar,” H-Haiti, 6 May 2016, https://networks.hnet.org/node/116721/blog/h-haiti-blog/123726/haitis-revolutionary-calendar
“100 Years Later,” 15 February 2013, Haiti and the Atlantic World, http://haitidoi.com/2013/02/15/100-years-later/