Sunday, March 1, 2015

Radiografía de una Dictadura: Haití bajo el Régimen del doctor Duvalier


Pierre-Charles, Gérard, Radiografía de una dictadura: Haití bajo el régimen del doctor Duvalier, México: Editorial Nuestro Tiempo, 1969.

Reseñada en Investigación Económica © 1969.

De la presentacion:
Haití: Radiografía de una dictadura es un estudio específico – enfocado en la mitad de una isla caribeña cuya otra porción no es tampoco bienaventurada – del mal general de América Latina. En este sentido el estudio de Gérard Pierre-Charles despoja de la retórica de alianzas para el progreso no solo lo que ocurre en niveles sombríos de la tiranía personal bajo el mando de Duvalier, sino lo que sucede con las gorilocracias centro y suramericanas y, también, con las llamadas democracias representativas, ya se disimulen bajo el manto del cristianismo o bien se oculten tras la fraseología de revoluciones institucionalizadas.

Black Frenchmen: The Political Integration of the French Antilles


Murch, Arvin, Black Frenchmen: the political integration of the French Antilles, Cambridge, MA: Schenkman Pub. Co, 1971.

Reviewed in Caribbean Studies © 1973.

Since 1969 Arvin Murch has been Assistant professor of Sociology at Duke University. After receiving his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Yale, he taught at Yale, Berkeley and Cornell. He has worked in a variety of research projects and the present volume is the outgrowth of field study in the French Antilles.

Sources of West Indian History


Augier, Fitzroy Richard, and Shirley Courtnay Gordon, Sources of West Indian History, London: Longmans, 1962.

From the Foreword:
This book is primarily intended for use in the senior forms of secondary schools. It is not a history in itself but a collection of various accounts written about many of the events which have taken place in the West Indies.


Contents:
Foreword.

1. People of the Caribbean.

2. Economic Life.

3. Government and Politics

4. Religion and Education before Emancipation.

5. Slavery and its Abolition.

6. Emancipation and Apprenticeship.

7. Social Conditions since Emancipation.

8. Attempts at Unification, 1831-1958.

Index.

Historia de la Revolución de Haití


Franco, José L., Historia de la Revolución de Haití, Santo Domingo: Editora Nacional, 1971.

Índice:
Conquista y Colonización de Haití.

Contrabandistas, Filibusteros y Bucaneros.

La Colonia Francesa de la Tortuga y Costa de Santo Domingo.

Azúcar, Monopolios y Esclavitud.

La Sociedad Colonial.

La Revolución.

Bibliografía.


José Luciano Franco Ferrán (1891-1989). Profesor, investigador y periodista cubano, especializado en la historia de la trata africana, las sublevaciones esclavas y la biografía del prócer independentista Antonio Maceo. Su obra abarca también la historia del Caribe.
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José Luciano Franco tuvo una activa participación en la Sociedad Cubana de Estudios Históricos e Internacionales y en la Sociedad de Estudios africanos, creada por Fernando Ortiz. Un hito en su producción historiográfica fue Política continental americana de España en Cuba. 1812-1830, que obtuvo el Premio de la Ciudad de La Habana en 1946 y fue objeto de críticas muy favorables; entre ellas, la de The Florida Historical Quarterly, el cual comentó: "pocos historiadores profesionales se atreven a intentar lo que ha hecho el periodista Franco: emplear extractos documentales como espina dorsal de su libro". En ese trabajo se aprecia, además, un esfuerzo por concebir la evolución de Cuba, en su relación con España, dentro del conjunto de los territorios americanos.

Black Skin, White Masks


Fanon, Frantz, Black Skin, White Masks, New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1967.

Available online.

Black Skin, White Masks (Peau noire, masques blancs, 1952) by Frantz Fanon, is a sociological study of the psychology of the racism and dehumanization inherent in situations of colonial domination.[1] With the application of historical interpretation, and the concomitant underlying social indictment, the psychiatrist Frantz Fanon formulated Black Skin, White Masks to combat the oppression of black people. He applied psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory to explain the feelings of dependency and inadequacy that Black people experience in a White world. That the divided self-perception of the Black Subject who has lost his native cultural origin, and embraced the culture of the Mother Country, produces an inferiority complex in the mind of the Black Subject, who then will try to appropriate and imitate the culture of the colonizer. Such behavior is more readily evident in upwardly mobile and educated black people who can afford to acquire status symbols within the world of the colonial ecumene, such as an education abroad and mastery of the language of the colonizer, the white masks.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Riding & Roping: The Memoirs of J. Will Harris


Harris, J. William, Riding & Roping: The Memoirs of J. Will Harris, Puerto Rico: Inter American University of Puerto Rico, 1977.

Available online.

The Inter American University was founded as Polytechnic Institute of Puerto Rico in 1912 by Rev. John Will Harris and his brother Clarence Harris. It was founded as an elementary and high school in the Lomas de Santa Marta sector of the town of San Germán in land now occupied by the University's San Germán Campus. In 1927, the first high school class graduation took place. In 1944, the institute was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, thus becoming the first liberal arts college to receive such accreditation in Puerto Rico, as well as the first outside the continental United States. This accreditation has been maintained over the years.

Roots and Rhythms; Jamaica National Dance Theatre


Nettleford, Rex, Roots and Rhythms: Jamaica's National Dance Theatre, London: Andre Deutsch, 1969.

Reviewed in Caribbean Quarterly © 1970.

The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) is Jamaica's leading dance theatre company.
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The company was founded in 1962 by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas with fifteen dancers, with Nettleford acting as its artistic director and principal choreographer, and Martha Graham as patron.[2][3] Drawing on African Caribbean folk traditions and cultural themes as well as modern dance, the company has promoted Caribbean culture through its performances.[2][4][5] On its foundation, the stated aim was "projecting the movement patterns and customs of the island to people locally and abroad", and they stated that they would "maintain constant research and documentation of our folk legends and customs to be used as thematic material for new dances".