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Haitian Declaration of Independence Discovery by Deborah Jenson '83 Student

Story posted April 09, 2010

Deborah Jenson '83 was in the headlines in January 2010, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

A professor of Romance studies at Duke University, Jenson had developed a crash course in Creole language and culture for people heading to Haiti to aid in relief efforts.

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Now, one of her students has discovered the first known, government-issued version of Haiti's Declaration of Independence.

The eight-page pamphlet is a find for scholars, giving them new insight into a period with few primary sources.

Jenson, who oversaw the student's research, is mentioned in the New York Times article, just one of many covering the discovery.

Media Coverage of Declaration Discovery

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