Books: Honest History

BLACK DEMOCRACY, the Story of Haiti —H. P. Davis—Dial Press ($5.00).

The History. Utterly out of proportion to Haiti's size and importance are the spectacular dramatics of its history. In 1492 Columbus discovered it, marveled at its extraordinary beauty and fertility, bartered beads and gaudy bracelets for pretty gold-dust friendly "Indians" had found. But the Spaniards' brutality reduced these Indians to a paltry number and, needing laborers, they began importing large numbers of Africans. Before long the color line was so loosely drawn that very few of Santo Domingo's inhabitants could boast unmixed blood....

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