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Haitian Revolution

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Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Insurrection - Jeremy D. Popkin
A collection of first-person narratives that chronicle the Haitian Revolution and its impact on the people of Haiti.

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Toussaint Louverture - Madison Smartt Bell

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All Souls' Rising - Madison Smartt Bell
The 1791 revolt against the French in Haiti through the eyes of the parties in the conflict: mulattos, blacks and whites. The protagonists include its tragic leader, the aristocratic Toussaint L'Ouverture who refused to declare independence from France. A tale of burning plantations, massacres and Byzantine politics.

National Book Award Finalist

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Master of the Crossroads - Madison Smartt Bell

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The Stone that the Builder Refused - Madison Smartt Bell



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The Comparative Histories of Slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States - Laird W. Bergad

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Race and Ethnicity in Latin America - Peter Wade

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Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-TradingDynasty in U.S. History - Thomas Norman DeWolf
The author, along with other members of his family, extensively research their family's heritage revealing their relationship to the most successful slave-trade family in American history.

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Biography of a Runaway Slave - Miguel Barnet

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Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World - David Brion Davis
A comprehensive history of the institution of slavery in the United States discussing such issues as the "Amistad" trials of 1839 and 1940, the Atlantic slave trade, biblical justifications for slavery, and British and American abolitionist movements.

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Caetana Says No: Women's Stories from a Brazilian Slave Society - Sandra Lauderdale Graham

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Children of God's Fire: A Documentary History of Black Slavery in Brazil - Robert Edgar Conrad

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Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Social Policy in Brazil, 1917–1945 - Jerry Dávila


Brazil in Black and White

New affirmative action quotas for higher education in Brazil launch a controversial dialogue about race and identity. Five college candidates from diverse backgrounds compete for a spot at the University of Brasilia.

From PBS Wide Angle.

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The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano - Margarita Engle
A portrait in poems of Juan Francisco Manzano, the poet who was born a slave in Cuba in 1797.

Pura Belpre Author Award Winner



Brazil: An Inconvenient History. New York: Filmakers Library, 2001.
Few realize that Brazil was actually the largest participant in the slave trade in the New World. Forty percent of all slaves that survived the Atlantic crossing were destined for Brazil and at one time half of the population of Brazil were slaves. It was the last country to officially abolish slavery in 1888. This production charts Brazil's history of slavery using original texts, letters, accounts and decrees, with commentary by historians, anthropologists and others who recount the effect of centuries of slavery on Brazil today.

The Last Supper. New York: New Yorker Video, 1977.
Set in Havana at the end of the 18th century, a guilt-ridden count invites twelve of his plantation slaves to a "last supper" during which he attempts to teach them what he sees as the crucial elements of Christianity, namely, submissive obedience to their master and joy in suffering. When the count breaks his word, however, and forces the slaves to work the next day (Good Friday), they revolt and the count's punishment is swift and brutal.


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