The following paper takes the form of an imaginary discussion among two university teachers and three postgraduate students from different Faculties of the University of the West Indies. The discussion follows lines designed to elucidate the history of education in Haiti between 1804 and 1843. The discussion is similar to what might well take place in a small graduate seminar on the subject after a paper in the usual narrative/ analytic form has been presented. The difference is that in this case there is no paper, but the discussion itself takes the form of the paper. The structural integrity of the discussion resides in the phase by phase, event by event management of the views of the participants. This inherent structure replaces headings and paragraphs which wo^ld appear in a traditional continuous narrative/analytic paper.
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“The trees fall from time to time, but the voice of the forest never loses its power. Life begins.”
Jacques Alexis, Les Arbres Musiciens (Paris, 1957)
Oral histories are a powerful tool in developing historical understanding
Oral history offers an alternative to conventional history, filling gaps in traditional research with personal accounts of historically significant events or simply life in a specific place and time. Oral histories do more than provide charming details to dry historical accounts. In fact, oral histories help others recapture lived experiences that are not written down in traditional sources.
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" Bwa pi wo di li wè lwen, men grenn pwomennen di li wè pi lwen pase l "
The tallest tree says that it sees far, but the seed that travels says that it sees even further.
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