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Written in Blood

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introducing Haiti Chapter 3 A Very Great Island Chapter 4 Bois Cayman and Carmagnole: 1492-1788 Chapter 5 I Am Toussaint Louverture: 1794-1801 Chapter 6 The Death of Saint-Domingue: 1801-1803 Chapter 7 We Must Live Free or Die: 1804-1820 Chapter 8 Chaos and Contentment: 1820-1842 Chapter 9 Darkness Descends: 1843-1858 Chapter 10 Black Republic: 1859 - 1870 Chapter 11 Misfortunes without Number: 1871 -1888 Chapter 12 Plots and Revolutions 1888 - 1911 Chapter 13 A Public Nuisance: 1911 - 1915 Chapter 14 Occupation: 1915 - 1934 Chapter 15 Second Independence: 1934 - 1957 Chapter 16 I Am the State: 1957 - 1971 Chapter 17 Riding the Tiger: 1971 - 1986 Chapter 18 Paper and Iron: 1986 - 1995 Chapter 19 Appendices Chapter 20 Voodoo Chapter 21 Chronology Chapter 22 Glossary Chapter 23 Acknowledgments Chapter 24 Bibliography Chapter 25 Source Notes Chapter 26 Index Chapter 27 About the Authors Chapter 28 Illustrations Chapter 29 Maps

About the Author

Robert Debs Heinl, deceased, and Nancy Gordon Heinl, both writers and historians, lived in Haiti from 1959 to 1963. Robert Heinl was Chief of the U.S. Naval Mission to Haiti until he was declared persona non grata by Francois Duvalier. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1964 and wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column until his death in 1979. Nancy Gordon Heinl was an independent writer and journalist who wrote extensively on black history and voodoo. Born in London, she came to the United States in 1933. She died in 1997. Michael Heinl received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an international business consultant in Washington, D.C.


The turbulent history of Haiti is related in a well-researched and highly readable narrative...Praised by all who have read it as the only complete and fully documented history of Haiti in any language, 'Written in Blood' is certain to become a classic. * Proceedings Magazine, (U.S. Naval Institute) * As spellbinding as Voodoo, 'Written in Blood' is a matchless history of Haiti and the Haitian people. * William Manchester * The Heinls tell [this] tragic story well. * Footsteps Magazine * There is no work in the English language that even approaches the extravagant wealth of information the Heinls have assembled about the world's first black republic. * Washington Star * There is no work in the English language that even approaches the extravagant wealth of information the Heinls have assembled about the world's first black republic. * Washington Star *

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