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We Dream Together Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom

by Anne Eller

We Dream Together Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom Synopsis

In We Dream Together Anne Eller breaks with dominant narratives of conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti by tracing the complicated history of Dominican emancipation and independence between 1822 and 1865. Eller moves beyond the small body of writing by Dominican elites that often narrates Dominican nationhood to craft inclusive, popular histories of identity, community, and freedom, summoning sources that range from trial records and consul reports to poetry and song. Rethinking Dominican relationships with their communities, the national project, and the greater Caribbean, Eller shows how popular anticolonial resistance was anchored in a rich and complex political culture. Haitians and Dominicans fostered a common commitment to Caribbean freedom, the abolition of slavery, and popular democracy, often well beyond the reach of the state. By showing how the island's political roots are deeply entwined, and by contextualizing this history within the wider Atlantic world, Eller demonstrates the centrality of Dominican anticolonial struggles for understanding independence and emancipation throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

We Dream Together Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom Press Reviews

A thorough, panoptic study of the sociopolitical dynamics at work in the Dominican Republic . . . . The strength of the scholarship is astounding. -- Sophie Marinez * H-Haiti, H-Net Reviews * Exhaustively researched and eloquently argued. We Dream Together is an important work for everyone interested in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to absorb and to ponder. -- Eric Paul Roorda * Hispanic American Historical Review * With We Dream Together, Anne Eller has produced not only an invaluable contribution to the academic field of history, but also a forceful manifesto. -- Milagros Ricourt * American Historical Review * For those of us descended from the island that is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic, We Dream Together offers historical lessons that should encourage a reconfiguration of identity that centers the social, economic, and political relationships forged between oppressed communities on both sides of the island's internal border. -- Sandy Placido * Black Perspectives * Eller's book is an important addition to the historiography on anti-colonial struggles. Her globalized perspective is insightful as it offers the reader a fresh way of looking at events in Hispaniola within the context of global competition for interests in the Caribbean. -- Bekeh Utietiang * Journal of Global South Studies * Anne Eller's pathbreaking study provides the first social history of the Restoration War, moving purposefully away from elite accounts to explore what the Haitian and Domimnican people on the ground were thinking and feeling. -- Gavin O'Toole * Latin American Review of Books * In doing away with simplistic, jingoistic evaluations of relationships between and among Caribbean actors, Eller allows readers to better appreciate the relationship of the eventual Dominican overthrow of the Spanish annexation to Puerto Rican and Cuban struggles for independence from Spain. Highly recommended. -- W. J. Nelson * Choice *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780822362371
Publication date: 9th December 2016
Author: Anne Eller
Publisher: Duke University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 400 pages
Categories: National liberation & independence, post-colonialism, Colonialism & imperialism, History of the Americas, Political activism,

About Anne Eller

Anne Eller is Assistant Professor of History at Yale University.

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