A friend from my high school pointed me to a three part series of articles entitled "God, Satan and the Birth of Haiti" written by a licensed Church of God minister to a Haitian-American Church.
I found the articles quite interesting, and especially the closing comment in part three that pointed out how ridiculous it would be for anyone to enlist the biggest slave holder in the Universe (Satan) for aid in throwing off the chains of slavery, a historical ploy being discussed in both historical documents and now in blogdom and television.
According to the author of the series, the Haitian did no such thing anyway.
If you are pressed for time, and just want a quick snippet of encouraging history, just check out the text under Haiti's First Steps After 1804 here. in part three of the series.
Meanwhile, I'm currently curious about something:
Why didn't a shake of that magnitude damage the entire island, instead of just Haiti? It surely is a geographic quirk, but one I haven't been able to identify as of yet.