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Taking Haiti Military Occupation and the Culture of U. S. Imperialism, 1915-1940

ISBN-10: 0807849383
ISBN-13: 9780807849385
Edition: 2001
Authors: Mary A. Renda
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Description: The U.S. invasion of Haiti in July 1915 marked the start of a military occupation that lasted for nineteen years--and fed an American fascination with Haiti that flourished even longer. Exploring the cultural dimensions of U.S. contact with Haiti  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 6/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

The U.S. invasion of Haiti in July 1915 marked the start of a military occupation that lasted for nineteen years--and fed an American fascination with Haiti that flourished even longer. Exploring the cultural dimensions of U.S. contact with Haiti during the occupation and its aftermath, Mary Renda shows that what Americans thought and wrote about Haiti during those years contributed in crucial and unexpected ways to an emerging culture of U.S. imperialism. At the heart of this emerging culture, Renda argues, was American paternalism, which saw Haitians as wards of the United States. She explores the ways in which diverse Americans--including activists, intellectuals, artists, missionaries, marines, and politicians--responded to paternalist constructs, shaping new versions of American culture along the way. Her analysis draws on a rich record of U.S. discourses on Haiti, including the writings of policymakers; the diaries, letters, songs, and memoirs of marines stationed in Haiti; and literary works by such writers as Eugene O'Neill, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. Pathbreaking and provocative,Taking Haitiilluminates the complex interplay between culture and acts of violence in the making of the American empire.

Mary A. Renda is associate professor of history and women's studies at Mount Holyoke College.

Acknowledgments
Note on Usage
Prologue
Introduction
Occupation
Haiti and the Marines
Paternalism
Moral Breakdown
Aftermath
Haiti's Appeal
Mapping Memory and Desire
Race, Revolution, and National Identity
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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