Laurent Dubois

Laurent Dubois
Les Todd

Laurent Dubois (PhD. University of Michigan) is associate professor of history at Michigan State University. His book A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787–1804 (2004) won the American Historical Association Prize in Atlantic History and the John Edwin Fagg Award. He is also the author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), which was a Christian Science Monitor Noteworthy Book of 2004 and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2004, and Les esclaves de la République: l'histoire oubliée de la première emancipation, 1787–1794 (1998).

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Laurent Dubois on writing his book Haiti

Hear author Laurent Dubois discuss his book Haiti: The Aftershocks of History. Even before the 2010 earthquake destroyed much of the country, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption. But Haiti's troubled present can only be understood by examining its complex past.

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Q & A

Where are you from?
I was born in Brussels, Belgium, grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and now live in Durham, North Carolina.

Who are your favorite writers?
Patrick Chamoiseau, Bruce Chatwin, Edouardo Galeano, Ben Okri, Joseph O'Neill

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
John Demos The Unredeemed Captive; Richard Price, The Convict and the Colonel; C.L.R. James The Black Jacobins and Beyond a Boundary

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Music: Guitar, banjo, percussion; Sport: Soccer, Biking; Travel

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
To make sure to choose a job that felt like play

What is your favorite quote?
"The Dude abides."

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Why write about Haiti? Hopefully the book will answer!

What inspired you to write your first book?
Getting a PhD! : )

Where do you write?
Mostly at home


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Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

Laurent Dubois

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Even before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption,...

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Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Laurent Dubois and John D. Garrigus
Palgrave Macmillan

The Haitian Revolution was the first slave rebellion to have a successful outcome, leading to the establishment of Haiti as a free black republic and paving...

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