The bicentenary of Haitian independence in 2004 spotlighted the astonishing surge of academic interest in the island that has emerged over the past decade. Major conferences have been held at the College of Charleston, the John Carter Brown Library, and the University of the West Indies (Trinidad campus) to commemorate the event; these meetings showcased the high-quality research on Haitian history, literature, and travel accounts being done by David Geggus, Laurent Dubois, John Garrigus, Alyssa Sepinwall, Tim Matthewson, Mimi Sheller, Sybille Fischer, Laënnec Hurbon, and Charles Forsdick, among many, many others. In this new and valuable anthology, historian Jeremy Popkin has done a great service to the profession, and undergraduate students in particular, by compiling a collection of mostly unpublished primary sources left by eyewitnesses to the complicated events and colorful personalities that accompanied Haitian independence.

In his introduction, Popkin notes that, although...

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