Caroline's Wedding

by Edwidge Danticat

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• Research the flow of refugees from Haiti in the 1970s and 1980s. Write a report on the reasons for their flight, where they settled, and how they fared in their adopted countries. You may confine your research to one region if you wish.

• Interview one or more refugees from Haiti or another troubled country. Compile a presentation in writing, on film, on CD, or on audiotape, on their experiences before, during, and after their flight.

• Research the history of Haiti and write an essay or give a class presentation on some of the problems faced by that country in the past and the present. Include in your report some possible solutions suggested by informed sources, whether implemented or theoretical.

• Research the phenomenon of Haitian refugees seeking to come to the United States in (1) the 1950s and (2) the 1970s–1980s. What are the similarities and differences between the two flights? Consider such factors as socioeconomic group(s) affected; reasons for leaving; mode of travel and fate while traveling; and fate in adopted countries.

• Study the folklore and voodoo religion of Haiti. Create a factual report or a play, a short story, a film, CD, dance, poem, or painting based on your findings.

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