January 1804 marks Haitian independence from French colonial rule. Self-liberated enslaved people on the island led and carried out the only successful insurrection by enslaved peoples in the Western Hemisphere. The Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division (LACE) has released a research guide, “Freedom in the Black Diaspora: A Resource Guide for Ayiti Re-imagined.”
This blog looks at Bengali publications from the Franklin Book Program, a translation program sponsored by the United States during the Cold War. It also examines the place of religion in books published for Muslim readers in East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh).
This blog uses the Library of Congress’s Ethiopian Collections to discuss Timkat, a Christian religious celebration instituted by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church beginning from about the 5th Century.