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Everything Inside

by Edwidge Danticat

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Little Haiti

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Everything InsideSeveral stories in Edwidge Danticat's Everything Inside, take place in Florida's Little Haiti neighborhood, a popular residence for Haitian immigrants and exiles (along with individuals from other Caribbean nations) located in Miami Dade County. The neighborhood has a population of 28,000 people, with 73% identifying as Black and 20% as Hispanic. 41% of the neighborhood's residents were born outside the United States. As a whole, Miami Dade County is home to the largest population of Haitians in the nation.

Originally called Lemon City, Little Haiti was settled shortly after the Civil War by homesteaders. Haitians began arriving to the area in droves in the 1960s and 70s, fleeing the brutal dictatorship of François "Papa Doc" Duvalier. A Haitian pro-democracy activist named Viter Juste who left Haiti in the 1960s and later settled in Florida wrote a letter to the Miami Herald in 1977 in which he referred to his new home as "Little Port-au-Prince." The Herald ran with the ...

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