Recommended Reading Lists: Haiti (The Haitian Revolution), the Caribbean, and Black Internationalism

B.Recommended Reading Lists: Haiti (The Haitian Revolution), the Caribbean, and Black Internationalism


The following recommended list below contains (100 books in total) some of the most important texts on three broad areas of study: Haiti, the Caribbean, and Black Internationalism. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. For example, I include few books on religion because I believe this should be a different category of interest and by itself. Another example is that I did not include “The Black Jacobins” (1938) by C. L. R. James on the list since it is the classic text on the Haitian Revolution; hence, I assume everyone should know about it.

I.  Haitian History (i.e. Intellectual History) and the Haitian Revolution (Its International Impact)


1. Haiti, History, and the Gods by Colin Dayan

2. Haiti: State Against Nation by Michel-Rolph Trouilot

3. The World of the Haitian Revolution by David Patrick Geggus and Norman Fiering

4. Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution by Ada Ferrer

5. Tree of Liberty: Cultural Legacies of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World by Doris L. Garraway

6. Haitian Revolutionary Studies by David Patrick Geggus

7. The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World by David P. Geggus

8. The Making of Haiti: Saint Domingue Revolution From Below by Carolyn E. Fick

9. A Turbulent Time: The French Revolution and the Greater Caribbean by David Barry Gaspar and David Patrick Geggus

10. Beyond the Slave Narrative: Politics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian Revolution by Deborah Jenson

11. Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: The Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution by Matthew J. Clavin

12. Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution by Sibylle Fischer

13. Haiti: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois

14. Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment by Nick Nesbitt

15. Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History by Susan Buck-Morss

16. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

17. The Fear of French Negroes: Transcolonial Collaboration in the Revolutionary Americas by Sara E. Johnson

18. The Haitian Revolution: A Documentary History by David Geggus

19. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution by Laurent Dubois

20. Before Haiti: Race and Citizenship in French Saint-Domingue by John Garrigus

21. A Colony of Citizens: Revolution & Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 by Laurent Duboi

22. Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic by Gerald Horne

23. Tropics of Haiti: Race and the Literary History of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1789-1865 by Marlene L. Daut

24. The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti Hardcover by Kate Ramsey (University of Chicago Press, 2011)

25. Ainsi parla l’Oncle (1928) (Thus Spoke the Uncle) by Jean Price-Mars

26. Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon by Kiama L. Glover

27. The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development edited by Millery Polyne

28. The Colonial System Unveiled by Baron de Vastey (Author), Chris Bongie (Translator)

29. Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic by Ashli White


II. Caribbean Intellectual History and Black Internationalism


30. Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant by Nick Nesbitt

31. Caribbean Critique: Antillean Critical Theory from Toussaint to Glissant by Nick Nesbitt

32. Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder

33. The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World Wars by Gary Wilder

34. Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire (Author), Joan Pinkham (Translator)

35. The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective (Post-Contemporary Interventions) by Antonio Benitze-Rojo

36. An Intellectual History of the Caribbean by S. Torres-Saillant

37. The Caribbean: An Intellectual History, 1774-2003 by Denis Benn

38. Origins of the Black Atlantic by Laurent Dubois and Julius S. Scott

39. In the Cause of Freedom: Radical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917-1939 by Minkah Makalani

40. Imagining Home: Class, Culture and Nationalism in the African Diaspora by Sidney Lemelle and Robin D. G. Kelley

41. From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International since the Age of Revolution by Michael O. West (Editor), William G. Martin (Editor), Fanon Che Wilkins (Editor)

42. From Harlem to Paris: Black American Writers in France, 1840-1980 by Michel Fabre

43. Negritude Women by Tracy Whitin

44. Beyond Negritude: Essays from Woman in the City by Paulette Nardal and T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting

45. The Negritude Movement: W.E.B. Du Bois, Leon Damas, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, and the Evolution of an Insurgent Idea (Critical Africana Studies)

by Reiland Rabaka

46. The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism

by Brent Hayes Edwards

47. Poetics of Relation by Edouard Glissant (Author), Betsy Wing (Translator)

48. The End of White World Supremacy: Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line by Roderick Bush

49. Black Europe and the African Diaspora by Darlene Clark Hine and Trica Danielle Keaton

50. The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora

by F. Abiola Irele

51. Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon’s Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization

by Reiland Rabaka

52. Africana Critical Theory: Reconstructing The Black Radical Tradition, From W. E. B. Du Bois and C. L. R. James… by Reiland Rabaka

53. Black Writers in French: A Literary History by Lilyan Kesteloot

54. Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalism

by Aaron Kamugisha and Paget Henry

55. Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalism by Aaron Kamugisha (Editor),

56. Caliban’s Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy by Paget Henry

57. The Negritude Moment: Explorations in Francophone African and Caribbean Literature and Thought by F. Abiola Irele

58. Main Currents in Caribbean Thought: The Historical Evolution of Caribbean Society in its Ideological Aspects by Professor Gordon Lewis

59. A History of Pan-African Revolt by C. L. R. James (Author), Robin D. G. Kelley

60. Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment by David Scott

61. Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination by Robin D.G. Kelley

62. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition by Cedric J. Robinson

63. Black, Brown, & Beige: Surrealist Writings from Africa and the Diaspora by Franklin Rosemont and Robin D.G. Kelley

64. Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914-1962 by Michelle Ann Stephens

65. The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade by Christopher L. Miller

66. From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought by Celucien L. Joseph

67.Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions: Discourse on Race, Religion, and Freedom by Celucien Joseph

68.The Vodou Ethic and the Spirit of Communism: The Practical Consciousness of the African People of Haiti by Paul C. Mocombe

69.The African-Americanization of the Black Diaspora in Globalization or the Contemporary Capitalist World-System by Paul C. Mocombe

70.Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought by Lewis R. Gordon

71. An Introduction to Africana Philosophy by Lewis R. Lewis Gordon

72.Freedom as Marronage by Neil Roberts

III.  Haiti, and the International Community


1. Haiti: Trapped in the Outer Periphery by Robert Fatton Jr.

2. Haiti In The New World Order: The Limits Of The Democratic Revolution by Alex Dupuy

3. From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic by Myriam J.A. Chancy

4. Haiti and the Americas Edited by Carla Calarge, Raphael Dalleo, Luis Duno-Gottberg, and Clevis Headley

5. Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy [Paperback] (Author) Robert Fatton

6. Haiti and the United States: The Psychological Moment by Brenda Gayle Plummer

7. Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti by Jeb Sprague

8. Haiti and the Great Powers, 1902—1915 by Brenda Gayle Plummer

9. Haitian Connections in the Atlantic World: Recognition after Revolution by Julia Gaffield

10. Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940Jun 18, 2001 by Mary A. Renda

11. The United States Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934Mar 1, 1995 by Hans Schmidt

12. Clash of Cultures: America’s Educational Strategies in Occupied Haiti, 1915-1934 by Leon D. Pamphile

13. Jean Price-Mars, the Haitian Elite and the American Occupation, 1915-1935 by Magdaline W. Shannon

14. Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy by Robert Fatton

15. Haiti: Trapped in the Outer Periphery by Fatton, Robert, J

16. Roots of Haitian Despotism by Robert and Jr. Fatton

17. Haitians and African Americans: A Heritage of Tragedy and Hope by Leon D. Pamphile

18. The Prophet and Power: Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the International Community, and Haiti by Alex Dupuy

19. Haiti: From Revolutionary Slaves to Powerless Citizens: Essays on the Politics and Economics of Underdevelopment by Alex Dupuy

20. Damming the Flood: Haiti and the Politics of Containment by Peter Hallward

21. From Dessalines to Duvalier: Race, Colour and National Independence in Haiti by David Nicholls

22. The Diplomatic Relations of the United States with Haiti, 1776-1891 by Rayford W. Logan

23. From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870–1964 by Millery Polyné

24. The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier by Amy Wilentz

25. Haiti: The Duvaliers & Their Legacy by Elizabeth Abbott

26. Contrary Destinies: A Century of America’s Occupation, Deoccupation, and Reoccupation of Haiti by Leon D. Pamphile

27. Race, Reality, and Realpolitik: U.S.-Haiti Relations in the Lead Up to the 1915 Occupation by Patrick Delices and Jeffrey Sommers.