Catastrophe (part thirteen)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part thirteen)                             Those Who Have Seen    VIII. Some Interviews     How was the destruction at Saint-Pierre accomplished? By what force were they thrown to earth, set afire, these ruins through which, in […]

Catastrophe (part twelve)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (twelve)                       To raise a monument to the great emancipator, following I don’t know what baroque idea, they could not find a better place than the foyer of the theater. The philosopher’s image was to preside over the […]

Catastrophe (part eleven)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part eleven)                       But what, better than phrases, will permit you to imagine this destruction, are photographs. I have brought back many. I am publishing a few. Look at these, consider these—a countryside of crushed stone. And crushed […]

Catastrophe (part ten)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part ten)                       It seems to me, when my mind’s eye evokes the spectacle…it seems to me that I become stupid again, as I was when the boat stopped, and a canoe landed me on the beach. Once, […]

Catastrophe (part nine)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part nine)                             VI. The Funeral Boat On Land…What We Saw There     I had seen the volcano in passing near the coast, aboard the Saint-Domingue. I had remarked the terror it threatened to […]

Catastrophe (part eight)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part eight)                       A few Americans had planned to realize it, this classic ascent become obligatory. They were at Morne-Rouge. Fully equipped, they departed: wagons, horses, mules, guides, and provisions. They had dined, very calm, and happy in […]

Catastrophe (part seven)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part seven)                       I have rediscovered an old and very dear friend, a friend of my young years. We go out to dinner, to a place for admiring the scene of apocalypse, which the sky—if you prefer, the […]

Catastrophe (part six)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part six)                             IV.  At Fort-de-France Ashes and Terrors Black Fears. White Fears. Blue Fears.     Zulima has not lied. She has barely exaggerated. Fort-de-France is sad. The city seems to go forth from […]

Catastrophe (part five)

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (part five)                             II.   Before the Volcano (On the way to Saint-Pierre, at sunset)     The land! It is always there at the end of a voyage, an impatience, a quivering, when we […]

Condition of the South at the Close of the War (conclusion)

Posted by ractrose on 11 Dec 2021 in Nonfiction

          We continue with General James Harrison Wilson‘s accounting to the U.S. government, at the close of the Civil War, of the difficulties in bringing the south to reconciliation, both with its nation, and its newly expanded free population. (Blacks were given citizenship under the 14th amendment, ratified 1868.) Again, the […]