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Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature

Abstract

The main argument of this study may be outlined as follows: colonized communities in the world economy being integrated by means of “historical fatality” from slavery to colonialism and neo-colonialism. The counter-movement of decolonization, as exemplified in the Haitian revolution, was meant to propose a more humane outbreak of enslaved peoples on the world scene. The account of globalization reveals that Haiti was forced into the world economy through the modality of extortion, which denied the most vulnerable members of Haitian society their basic humanity. The failure of the Haitian revolution to reverse the course of historical fatality opened the door to neo-colonialism, which can help explain the kidnapping and deportation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide aboard a slave plane. Remembering the Haitian paradigm of the slave ship is fundamental in the understanding of the post-colonial African and Haitian condition.

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