Haiti and Dominican Republic: An Island Divided

Haiti and Dominican Republic: An Island Divided

"Black in Latin America" is a four-part PBS television program on the influence of African descent on Latin America. It is produced and narrated by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/.

Part one is titled, "Haiti and Dominican Republic: An Island Divided." It is 50 minutes long and examines the complex relations between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves hard fight for liberation became a double edged sword.

"Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided." Watch it here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/featured/haiti-the-dominican-republic-an-island-divided-watch-full-episode/165/.