Education and Society in Haiti 1804-1843

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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.