Why the Cocks Fight

Why the Cocks Fight

Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola

Book - 1999
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Like two roosters in a fighting arena, the Dominican Republic & Haiti are encircled by barriers of geography & poverty. They share one Caribbean island, Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply divided as their cultures: one French speaking & black, one Spanish speaking & mulatto. And just as the owners of gamecocks contrive battles between their birds (a favorite sport in both countries) as a way of playing out human conflicts, Haitian & Dominican leaders often stir up nationalist disputes & exaggerate their cultural & racial differences as a way of deflecting other kinds of turmoil. The author's vivid account of these struggles, both on Hispaniola & in the United States, takes us to the haunted mountains where, sixty years ago, the Dominican dictator Trujillo ordered 30,000 Haitians to be killed; to Voodoo rituals in Dominican sugarcane fields where Haitians work as virtual slaves; & to the ringside of cockfights in all three countries. She focuses especially on the features in Caribbean history that are still affecting Hispaniola today, including the often contradictory policies of the United States toward both nations. The author's report on the life of Dominican & Haitian migrants in the United States is essential if we are to understand their contribution of the politics of our hemisphere.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 1999
ISBN: 9780809037193
080903719X
Branch Call Number: History 972.93 Wuc

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at PPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top