|Minister of Finance, Commerce and Foreign Affairs|
December 17, 1896 – July 26, 1897
|President||Tiresias Simon Sam|
|Preceded by||Callisthènes Fouchard (Finance and Commerce)
Pourcely Faine (Foreign Affairs)
|Succeeded by||Solon Ménos|
October 29, 1889 – May 3, 1891
|Preceded by||Saint-Martin Dupuy (Finance and Commerce)
Himself (Foreign Affairs)
|Succeeded by||Hugon Lechaud|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Worship|
August 22, 1889 – October 29, 1889
|Preceded by||Saint-Martin Dupuy (Foreign Affairs)
Néré Numa (Agriculture)
Maximillien Laforest (Worship)
|Succeeded by||Himself (Foreign Affairs)
Clément Haentjens (Agriculture)
Léger Cauvin (Worship)
|Member of the provisional Government of the Republic of Haiti|
August 22, 1889 – October 9, 1889
|Born||Joseph Auguste Anténor Firmin
18 October 1850
|Died||19 September 1911
Saint Thomas, DWI
|Political party||Parti libéral|
|Spouse(s)||Marie Louise Victoria Rosa Salnave|
Georges Anténor Firmin
|Profession||Lawyer, Journalist and Politician|
Joseph Auguste Anténor Firmin (18 October 1850 – 19 September 1911), better known as simply Anténor Firmin, was a Haitian anthropologist, journalist, and politician. Firmin is best known for his book De l'égalité des races humaines (English: On the Equality of Human Races), which was published as a rebuttal to French writer Count Arthur de Gobineau's work Essai sur l'inégalité des races humaines (English: Essay on the Inequality of Human Races). Gobineau's book asserted the superiority of the Aryan race and the inferiority of blacks and other people of color.
Firmin's work, first published in 1885, argued the opposite, that "all men are endowed with the same qualities and the same faults, without distinction of color or anatomical form. The races are equal" (pp. 450). He was marginalized at the time for his beliefs that all human races were equal.
Firmin pioneered the integration of race and physical anthropology and may be the first black anthropologist. His work was recognized not only in Haiti but also among scholars of Africans as an early work of négritude. He had an impact on Jean Price-Mars, the founder of Haitian ethnology and on American anthropologist Melville Herskovits.
Born in Cap-Haïtien, Firmin worked in teaching, politics, and diplomacy. He founded Le Messager du Nord, a political and literary publication.
- De l'égalité des races humaines - published 1885
- Haïti et la France - published 1891
- Une défense - published 1892
- Diplomate et diplomatie - published 1898
- M. Roosevelt, Président des États-Unis et la République d'Haïti - published 1905
- Lettres de Saint-Thomas - published 1910
- Firmin, Anténor; Introduction by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (2002). "The Equality of the Human Races". University of Illinois Press. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn (2005). "Anténor Firmin and Haiti's contribution to anthropology". Gradhiva - musée du quai Branly (2005 : Haïti et l'anthropologie): 95–108.
- Schutt-Ainé, Patricia; Staff of Librairie Au Service de la Culture (1994). Haiti: A Basic Reference Book. Miami, Florida: Librairie Au Service de la Culture. p. 95. ISBN 0-9638599-0-0.
- Joseph, Celucien L. From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)
- Une Défense in the Digital Library of the Caribbean
- M. Roosevelt, Président des Etats-Unis et la République d'Haïti in the Digital Library of the Caribbean
- Anténor Firmin (French)