A couple of months ago we came across the work Marlene Daut by pure luck. Her article in History Today titled “The Wrongful Death of Toussaint Louverture” was fascinating, and caught our attention. We are firm believers that Haiti’s power lies in the complexity of its History. Screaming 1804, First Black Nation, Dessalines, Toussaint is beautiful, but as proud as that makes us; it’s a very small piece of how great Haiti really is and how proud we should be. It is with that proud feeling that HaitiLuxe is featuring the work of Marlene Daut.

Marlene Daut is jointly appointed as Professor of African Diaspora Studies in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in American Studies at the University of Virginia. She also serves as Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies. Professor Daut specializes in Caribbean, US African American, and French colonial literary and historical studies. 

Professor Daut has written two books and published nearly two dozen articles on the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), the most successful slave rebellion in the world, which resulted in Haiti’s independence from France on January 1, 1804. Below you will find her work.