HIS 100 Module Five Activity Template: Historical Interpretations Replace the bracketed text

HIS 100 Module Five Activity Template: Historical Interpretations

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Identify the topic you chose to explore:

Haitian Independence is the historical topic I choose to explore. The proclamation of the Independence in Haiti happened between 1804-1805.   Over 200 years since the revolution (before Independence), Haiti has been strained with external and internal predicaments. The wars have led to the deaths of many people and the mass destruction of production abilities and infrastructures. Dessalines, Gonaives, the Haitian leaders proclaimed Independence in 1804, gesturing the information of Haiti becoming the first black republic in the world, the first independent country in the Caribbean, and the second democratic nation in the west. Although Haiti is disconnected, the Haitians still fear more attacks from external forces. French troops still existed in the eastern regions of Hispaniola, taking control of some areas. They incited England, the United States, and Spain to isolate Haiti in commerce and diplomacy. The incitement caused the Dessalines to declare war on the French, killing 4000 of them being slaughtered. In 1805 Haiti gained full Independence with a new constitution, and Dessalines was crowned Emperor Jacques One of Haiti.

Describe how exploring your research question improved your understanding of the historical roots of your current event.

The increase in Haiti’s struggles after the assassination of their president, Jovenel Moise, on 7th July 2021 is one of the current events. The investigation team and relevant personnel from the research topic have identified the killers. As a result, the country is experiencing economic constraints and vast violence. Government officials, especially the judges who conducted proceeding regarding the president’s murder, have constantly received threats from unknown people. The current event has escalated the violence and displacement (Sanon, 2022). I have learned that the number of victims has increased from historical to current events. The United States’s integrated office in Haiti confirmed 944 homicidal and 124 death cases in August 2021 (World Report, 2021). The data also shows that Kidnapping cases also increased in 2021. More than 12000 Haitians were displaced in 2021 due to insecurity exacerbated by the gangs and the politicians (World Report, 2021). From exploration, I note that the current event corresponds to Haitian Independence’s research topic. During and immediately after the independence, the nation faced many challenges where the French left behind incited the United States, Spain, and England to offer economic and diplomatic assistance.

Currently, hunger is a national disaster due to economic and political instability. More than one out of four Haitians are facing acute food insecurity. During the country’s independence, similar issues of financial crises and food shortages after the United States failed to support Haiti during the revolution. Shortly after Independence, Emperor Jacques One was assassinated. As a result, the nation went through a period of wars, killings, and political divisions (Fuertes, 2010). Similar struggles still exist even today.

Explain how biased perspectives influence what is known about both your historical and current events.

From my current and historical events, biased perspectives have influenced what we know about the economic and violent impacts on Haitians. During the independent events, the Haitians were still at risk of more effects of revolutions since the French didn’t leave completely from the nation. In current events, the death of President Moise has led to economic and political instabilities, which increased food shortage and violence. Eventually, the fluctuations from both events contribute to the negative impacts of displacement, hunger, and violence, but they are not the only reason for these impacts. History shows that after independence, Haiti lost her links of diplomatic and trade relations with the United States and Spain (U.S. Department of state, 2022). As a result, the country became poor, declining economically and politically. At the current event, poverty is a major crime before and after the death of President Moise. This made me believe that my sources are biased against the causes of the impacts during both events.

Propose how the narrative about your historical event might change if it were told from a missing perspective.

When I started researching, I wanted to look at the positive and negative impacts of the historical event in Haiti. Still, most of the studies led to the revolution’s impacts even after independence. The research sources provided limit me to have a broad perspective on the more negative impacts of course and during liberation. This limitation makes me note that Haiti never recovered from economic, social, and political instability.   If I were to apply the missing perspective, the narrative would change to be less biased, more accurate, and valid. Therefore, with the disappeared perception of the positive side, it is hard to understand all the information when there are missing resources.

Propose how the narrative about your current event might change if it were told from a missing perspective.

In the current event, having different perspectives from different sources of the historical research which are missing, the narrative would be broader with universal views. Also, the missing air would minimize the bias of the study. The report would be more valid of the data from the absent perspective. Therefore, it is crucial to look over the primary data and use it to understand the topic and get accurate and valid ideas.


  Fuertes, D. (2010, April 3). The Haitian revolution: Legacy and actuality. JSTOR. Retrieved July 29, 2022, from https://www.jstor.org/stable/41945908#metadata_info_tab_contents

Mitja, N. (2020, December 20). Hunger in Haiti: Addressing food insecurity challenges. Reliefweb. Retrieved July 29, 2022, from https://reliefweb.int/report/haiti/hunger-haiti-addressing-food-insecurity-challenges

Sanon, E., & Coto, D. (2022, July 7). Haiti’s struggle worsened in year since slaying of president. AP NEWS. Retrieved July 29, 2022, from https://apnews.com/article/caribbean-arrests-port-au-prince-haiti-5a8917d2caa9f174ac94d7f40a5fa5c2

U.s department of state. (2022, January 3). U.S. relations with Haiti. Retrieved July 29, 2022, from https://www.state.gov/u-s-relations-with-haiti/

World Report 2021. (2020, October 17). Haiti Events of 2020. Human Rights Watch. Retrieved July 29, 2022, from https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2021/country-chapters/haiti