By Mary A. Renda
The U.S. invasion of Haiti in July 1915 marked the beginning of an army career that lasted for nineteen years--and fed an American fascination with Haiti that flourished even longer. Exploring the cultural dimensions of U.S. touch with Haiti throughout the career and its aftermath, Mary Renda indicates that what american citizens notion and wrote approximately Haiti in the course of these years contributed in the most important and unforeseen how you can an rising tradition of U.S. imperialism.
At the center of this rising tradition, Renda argues, was once American paternalism, which observed Haitians as wards of the USA. She explores the ways that varied Americans--including activists, intellectuals, artists, missionaries, marines, and politicians--responded to paternalist constructs, shaping new models of yank tradition alongside the best way. Her research attracts on a wealthy list of U.S. discourses on Haiti, together with the writings of policymakers; the diaries, letters, songs, and memoirs of marines stationed in Haiti; and literary works by way of such writers as Eugene O'Neill, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston.
Pathbreaking and provocative, Taking Haiti illuminates the complicated interaction among tradition and acts of violence within the making of the yankee empire.
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