Once again Haiti is at a crossroads, reminiscent of the historic moment in 1804 when the seams of society were rent asunder and existential choices lay ahead. Then, as now, the common denominator is the people's freedomalthough today a specifically "democratic" freedom, however one chooses to define it. Now, as then, overwhelming questions remain unanswered.
In this pathbreaking volume, noted scholar Richard M. Morse brings together a distinguished group of contributors to offer a variety of unique views on Haiti's future. The authors represent many constituencies, including the press, workers and peasants, women, intellectuals, youth, business, religion, and the government, as well as outside observers with a special interest in Haitian affairs.
Reflecting the common priorities of persons who represent leadership in diverse walks of life, Haiti's Future explores the ways in which the country's "usable past" may ultimately serve as the foundation for a stable and democratic future.
David E. Apter, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Yale UniversityMyrtho Bonhomme, Press counselor, Embassy of Haiti, WashingtonJean Casimir, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, WashingtonRaymond Chassagne, Professor of Literature, University d’Etat d’Haiti, Port-au-PrinceLionel Delatour, Minister-Counselor, Embassy of Haiti, WashingtonLevadieu Derane, Director of Legal Affairs, Haitian Ministry of Foreign AffairsLarry Diamond, Hoover Institution, Stanford UniversityCharlene Duline, Program Officer, United States Information AgencyBen Dupuy, Publisher and Editor, Haiti ProgressPierre-Ryamond Dumas, Journalist, Le Nourvelliste, Port-au-PrincePatricia Ellis, Writer and Producer, McNeil-Lehrer Report, WETA, WashingtonElene Felder, Program Officer, United States Information AgencyJack Felt, Officer-in-Charge for Haiti, U.S. Department of StateR. Michael Finely, Deputy Chief of Staff, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congress of the United StatesOdette Roy Fombrun, freelance writer, Port-au-PrinceDucheine Fortuné, pastor, Port-au-PrinceGermaine Jean Francois, Organization Secretary, Union Centrale Autonome des Travailleurs Haitiens, Port-au-PrinceDavid P. Geggus, Associate Professor of History, University of Florida, GainesvilleDonald Gould, Program Officer, United States Information AgencyRandy H. Grodman, Program Officer, National Democratic Institute for International AffairsJean Jacque Honorat, Director, Center for Defense of Haitian Freedom, Port-au-PrinceMichael Hooper, National Coalition for Haitian RefugueesStephen Horblitt, legislative assistant to Congressman Walter FauntroyRichard N. Horwill, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, U.S. Department of StateRoma D. Knee, Agency for International DevelopmentRené Laroche, agronomist, Cooperative d’Epargne et de Credit, Port-au-PrinceDavid E. Lewis, University of PennsylvaniaRobert Maguire, Inter-American FoundationVal T. McComie, Assistant Secretary General, Origanization of American StatesSidney W. Mintz, Professor of Anthropology, The Johns Hopkins UniversityAnibal Miranda, Fellow, The Wilson CenterEmerante de Pradines Morse, consultant to the office of the deputy directory and the Latin American Program, The Wilson CenterDavid Nicholls, St. Antony’s College, Oxford UniversityDonna Oglesby, United States Information AgencyAlastair Reed, Fellow, The Wilson CenterMarie-Michele Rey, Commerical Director, Port-au-Prince branch of the Banque Nationale de ParisAlain Rocourt, Chairman and Superintendent General, Methodist Church of Haiti, Port-au-PrincePierre D. Sam, Ambassador of Haiti to the United StatesHoward Wiarda, American Enterprice Institute
Woodrow Wilson Center Press
About the Author
Richard M. Morse (1922 – 2001) was a Latin Americanist scholar and professor at Columbia University, University of Puerto Rico, Yale University, Stanford University and the Wilson Center in Washington DC. He was among the first academics in the United States to offer a nontraditional analysis of Latin America by suggesting that English-speaking North America had much to learn from the cultures of Spanish-, Portuguese- and French-speaking countries of the South. His many books include New World Soundings: Culture and Ideology in the Americas, also published by Johns Hopkins. In 1993, Morse was awarded the Order of the Southern Cross (Ordem do Cruzeiro do Sul) for contributions to Brazilian culture, the nation's highest honor for non-Brazilians.
Table of Contents
I. PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY
1. Haiti, 1492-1988: Richard M. Morse2. Legitimizing Politics: Pierre Raymond Dumas3. Soical Divisions: Jean Jacques Honorat4. Language, Culture, and Democracy: Jean Casimir5. Caribbean roots: Raymond Chassagne6. Is Democracy Possible in Haiti? Odette Roy Fombrun
II. ECONOMIC AND SOICAL RECONSTRUCTION
7. Economic Reconstruction: Germain Jean François8. Community Development: Henricot Brutus9. Agriculture and Manufacturing: Levadieu Dérané10. Cultural and Economic Integration: René Laroche11. Peasants, Politics, Public Administration: Alain Rocourt12. Participation of Women in the Economy: Marie-Michèle Rey13. Risk and Opportunity in U.S. Relations: Ducheine Fortuné