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Haiti and the Uses of America: Post-U.S. Occupation Promises

Chantalle F. Verna
Format
Book
Published
New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9780813585178, 0813585171, 9780813585161, 0813585163, 9780813585185
Summary
"Contrary to popular notions, Haiti-U.S. relations have not only been about Haitian resistance to U.S. domination. In Haiti and the Uses of America, Chantalle F. Verna makes evident that there have been key moments of cooperation that contributed to nation-building in both countries. In the years following the U.S. occupation of Haiti (1915-1934), Haitian politicians and professionals with a cosmopolitan outlook shaped a new era in Haiti-U.S. diplomacy. Their efforts, Verna shows, helped favorable ideas about the United States, once held by a small segment of Haitian society, circulate more widely. In this way, Haitians contributed to and capitalized upon the spread of internationalism in the Americas and the larger world"--
"The dominant narrative about US-Haitian relations is that US power relative to Haiti has always been imbalanced in favor of the US, and has negatively impacted Haitian society in numerous ways. In Haiti and the Uses of America, Chantalle Verna challenges this tendency to view Haiti as always a victim, and she argues that Haitians have been central players whose histories have not only been shaped by inter-American and international affairs, but who have also played a role in shaping those affairs. In the years following the US occupation of Haiti (which lasted from 1915-1934), the Haitian elite struggled to define the relationship Haiti would have with the United States moving forward. Working with archival records, oral histories, and public and private records, Verna shows that these two decades following the US occupation but before the Duvalier dictatorship were a time of transition between eras, and that the Haitian elite then had a cosmopolitan outlook that helped shape the future role of American involvement in Haitian affairs. Rather than banning all foreign ties with the Americans, the Haitian leaders instead encouraged cooperation between the nations, especially at first on a cultural front, but extending to diplomatic issues as well, to re-introduce the two nations to one another as contemporaries, opening themselves to collaboration on projects of shared interest. Haiti and the Uses of America demonstrates that favorable ideas about what role the US could play in Haiti shifted from existing on the margins of Haitian society to circulating more centrally among Haiti's educated urban elite"--
Contents
  • 1. The Promise and Peril of Foreign Ties, 1791-1915
  • 2. "With the Spirit of Friendship": U.S. Occupation, Indigenisme, and Haitian Nationalism, 1915-1934
  • 3. Pan-Americanism in Port-au-Prince: Historical Memories and Urban Activities, 1934-1945
  • 4. La Nouvelle Cooperation: Cultivating Knowledge through Haiti-U.S. Ties, 1936-1948
  • 5. "Viva UNESCO": A Subtle Embedding of the United States in Haiti, 1948-1953
  • Epilogue: Enduring Promises.
Description
xiii, 234 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-226) and index.
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