Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola Michele Wucker

ISBN: 9780809037193

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Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola  by  Michele Wucker

Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola by Michele Wucker
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Like two roosters in a fighting arena, the Dominican Republic and Haiti are encircled by barriers of geography and poverty. They share one Caribbean island, Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply divided as their cultures: one French-speakingMoreLike two roosters in a fighting arena, the Dominican Republic and Haiti are encircled by barriers of geography and poverty. They share one Caribbean island, Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply divided as their cultures: one French-speaking and black, one Spanish-speaking and 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 and Dominican leaders often stir up nationalist disputes and exaggerate their cultural and racial differences as a way of deflecting other kinds of turmoil.

Michele Wuckers reports on these struggles, both in Hispaniola and in the United States, take us through the haunted mountains where sixty years ago the Dominican dictator Trujillo ordered 30,000 Haitians to be killed, to Vodou rituals in Dominican sugarcane fields where Haitians work as near-slaves, and to ringside at cockfights in both countries as well as in the United States. She focuses especially on the often contradictory policies of the United States toward each nation, which continue to influence the destiny of two important countries and of tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans living in the United States.

Her discussion of these critically important national groups is essential for understanding their contribution to politics in our own country, indeed throughout the Western Hemisphere.



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