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First mobile phone cash transfers facilitate UN-backed home rebuilding.

First mobile phone cash transfers facilitate UN-backed home rebuilding.

1849- Faustin Soulouque, President of Haiti, has himself crowned Emperor. A freed slave, Soulouque had fought in the Haitian Revolution and worked his way up through the military of the new state. Appointed president at age 65 by Haiti's ruling elite because they thought he would be malleable, he surprised them by establishing a secret police and removing old power brokers from their positions through layoffs and/or murders. Soulouque's bid for personal autocracy will last almost ten years.

1849- Faustin Soulouque, President of Haiti, has himself crowned Emperor. A freed slave, Soulouque had fought in the Haitian Revolution and worked his way up through the military of the new state. Appointed president at age 65 by Haiti's ruling elite because they thought he would be malleable, he surprised them by establishing a secret police and removing old power brokers from their positions through layoffs and/or murders. Soulouque's bid for personal autocracy will last almost ten years.

haitianhistory:  Original caption: “Une jeune haïtienne en costume créole 1906.” (A young Haitian woman in Creole costume 1906.) (Source)

haitianhistory: Original caption: “Une jeune haïtienne en costume créole 1906.” (A young Haitian woman in Creole costume 1906.) (Source)

"I was born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a free man." Francois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, a freed slave and a General in the Haitian Army, led the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). It led to the end of slavery there and the founding of the Republic of Haiti. Revolution inspired by the American Revolution. French colony of Saint Dominge had a large slave population.

"I was born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a free man." Francois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, a freed slave and a General in the Haitian Army, led the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). It led to the end of slavery there and the founding of the Republic of Haiti. Revolution inspired by the American Revolution. French colony of Saint Dominge had a large slave population.

Haiti in the 1980s, at the height of elite decadence. Jean-Claude Duvalier with First Lady Michèle Duvalier and mother-in-law Simone Ovide Duvalier outside the steps of Haiti’s National Palace.

Haiti in the 1980s, at the height of elite decadence. Jean-Claude Duvalier with First Lady Michèle Duvalier and mother-in-law Simone Ovide Duvalier outside the steps of Haiti’s National Palace.

Born: August 1, 1911, Monongahela, PA Died: December 26, 1985  Jackie Ormes was the first African-American female cartoonist. Ormes' cartoon characters — Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo & Ginger — delighted readers of African-American newspapers such as the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier between 1937-56.

Born: August 1, 1911, Monongahela, PA Died: December 26, 1985 Jackie Ormes was the first African-American female cartoonist. Ormes' cartoon characters — Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo & Ginger — delighted readers of African-American newspapers such as the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier between 1937-56.

Whoa, I actually have time for other things besides basketball!!!! What will I do??? I have no clue.

Whoa, I actually have time for other things besides basketball!!!! What will I do??? I have no clue.

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