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Catalogue Number
Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
Where Black Rules White: A Journey Across and About Hayti
HBD, Travel
Date of Publication
October 2012 (hardback)
Demi 8vo
978-0-9561835-8-3 (hardback)


Hesketh-Prichard, a popular Edwardian English travel writer, sailed to Haïti in 1899 to survey the conditions on the island, the first-ever Black-ruled republic. At the time, it was believed no White man had ventured in that mysterious and closed-off part of the world since 1804, when General Jean-Jacques Dessalines ordered the massacre of all the Whites in what was then known as Saint-Domingue. Hesketh-Prichard had opportunity to venture deep into Haïti's interior, unknown at the time, and was first to witness the practice of vaudoux (voodoo). He also narrowly escaped with his life, after an attempt was made to poison him. Hesketh-Prichard's observations, narrated in an exquisitely understated tone, cover every aspect of Haïtian society in 1899, ranging from the grotesque to the tragi-comical—indeed, the reader will experience just about every emotion in the human spectrum as he devours this immensely entertaining book. More importantly, Hesketh-Prichard's account explains why Haïti, once one of the most prosperous colonies in the New World, is so profoundly dysfunctional today. It also implicitly explains why the current Third World development paradigm is, however well-intentioned, so profoundly ill-conceived.

This new 2012 edition will come in both hardback and paperback formats, complete with an expanded index, contextual footnotes, an introductory essay, and specially commissioned cover artwork by Alex Kurtagic, who also did the covers for Mister and our editions of Lothrop Stoddard's The Revolt Against Civilization and The French Revolution in San Domingo), and Madison Grant's The Passing of the Great Race.

Table of Contents

Introduction v
Note on the Text lxv
Author’s Note lxvii
Chapter I. First Impressions of the Black Republic 3
Chapter II The High Road of Hayti 13
Chapter III The Haytian General 29
Chapter IV Vaudoux Worship and Sacrifice 53
Chapter V The Haytian Navy 77
Chapter VI Across Hayti 85
Chapter VII Into San Domingo 97
Chapter VIII Haytian Police, Prisons and Hospitals 109
Chapter IX A Living City within a Dead One 127
Chapter X The Citadel of the Black Napoleon 139
Chapter XI Justice and the Status of the White 161
Chapter XII The Haytian Press 173
Chapter XIII The Haytian People as I knew them 181
Chapter XIV Hayti the Puff-ball 203
Chapter XV Can the Negro rule Himself? 213
Index 221

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