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Gothic Americas

Joan Dayan

in Haiti, History, and the Gods

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780520089006
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920965 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520089006.003.0004
Gothic Americas

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This chapter examines the history of the people of Haiti in relation to the history of the Americas. It discusses the United States' support for the French government's plan to reconquest Saint-Domingue and the restablishment of slavery in the early 1800s, and highlights the transport of colored people from the United States to Haiti. The chapter suggests that the development of romance in the Americas was linked in unsettling ways to the business of race, because out of the ground of bondage came a cruel analytic of love in the New World.

Keywords: Haiti; Americas; United States; Saint-Domingue; slavery; romance; race; New World

Chapter.  30817 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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