Fear of a Black Republic: US–Haitian Relations in the Aftermath of the Haitian Revolution
January 12, 2020 marked ten years since a massive earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti, devastating large portions of the small country and killing nearly 300,000 people. In the quake’s immediate aftermath, the US media incessantly repeated the mantra: “Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.” How did Haiti go from being the “Pearl of the Antilles” and the New World’s most profitable colony in the eighteenth century to being the most despised and persecuted nation on earth? This presentation will explore how the US and western European nations used their economic and diplomatic strength to isolate and impoverish the “Black Republic” from its birth in 1804 through the twentieth century.
Leslie M. Alexander is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon.
Presented by American Studies in conjunction with Black Celebration Month. Co-sponsored by the history department, the political science department, Humanities 110, and the office of institutional diversity. Free and open to the public.
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 4:30pm
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA
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