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Haiti, Pan-Africanism, and Black Atlantic Resistance Writing

Haiti, Pan-Africanism, and Black Atlantic Resistance Writing

Chapter:
(p.76) (p.77) 3 Haiti, Pan-Africanism, and Black Atlantic Resistance Writing
Source:
Haiti and the Americas
Author(s):
Jeff Karem
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037573.003.0004

This chapter examines the contributions of Haitian thinkers such as Anténor Firmin and Benito Sylvain in fostering a multilingual, cosmopolitan Pan-Africanism. In 1897, Henry Sylvester Williams (from Trinidad) founded the African Association in London to call attention to the problems of British colonialism in Africa. But after starting a dialogue with Sylvain and hearing of Firmin’s ideas, he expanded the scope of the association to address the plights of all African-descended peoples under colonial hegemony throughout the world, including African Americans in the United States.

Keywords:   Anténor Firmin, Benito Sylvain, Haitian thinkers, anti-imperialism, colonial hegemony

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