Spotlight On Louis-Joseph Janvier (1855-1911)

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Jean Jonassaint

Following the recent posting online of an important volume from Liverpool University Press, Haiti for the Haitians by Louis-Joseph Janvier (2023) edited by Brandon R. Byrd and Chelsea Stieber, we take advantage of the opportunity to present this 19th century Haitian essayist who first looked at our constitutional laws with Les Constitutions d’Haïti (1801-1885), to a large global audience. To do this, in addition to Haiti for the Haitians by Louis-Joseph Janvier that can be downloaded for free here, we invite you to read Janvier’s original work, Haïti aux Haïtiens (1884), or to listen or read in translation English and Spanish two essays in the volume: “Nos bons amis” (Our good friends) and “Nos îles adjacentes” (Our adjacent islands).

Furthermore, for those who wish to explore Janvier’s work in more depth, some of his books freely available online: 

Phtisie pulmonaire : causes, traitement préventif (1881) 

Un peuple noir devant les peuples blancs, étude de politique et de sociologie comparées : la république d’Haïti et ses visiteurs (1840-1882), réponse à M. Victor Cochinat, de la « Petite presse », et à quelques autres écrivains (1883) 

L’Égalité des races (1884) 

Les Constitutions d’Haïti, 1801-1885 (1886) 

Du Gouvernement civil en Haïti (1905)

Finally, for a quick look at Louis-Joseph Janvier, please visit his page on Île en île.

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