In Haitian-Dominican Counterpoint, Eugenio Matibag refreshingly admits that Haiti’s current socioeconomic conditions have given his work a new sense of urgency. Matibag, professor of Spanish at Iowa State University, wrote about Afro-Cuban religion before tackling the complicated subject of Dominican-Haitian relations. The island’s situation is indeed alarming and depressing. For far too long, Haitians have been moving away from the progress pledged by liberalism and burrowing deeper into poverty and chaos. The hopes of the two-hundred-year-old Haitian Revolution seem further away every day. Since the book’s publication in 2003, conditions in Haiti have continued to worsen, and on the other side of the island, Haitians continue to suffer in conditions akin to slavery. Those who wish to change this situation should cheer Matibag’s manifesto. If a critical mass of laypeople read this book, it should incite broader efforts to work for a more harmonious island....

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