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Introduction

Millery Polyné

in From Douglass to Duvalier

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034720
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034720.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter introduces a critical transnational history of U.S. African Americans and Haitians. The book includes a great thematic range and it carefully examines the political, economic, and cultural relations between U.S. African Americans and Haitians. It illustrates the split of a U.S. American-styled democracy that historically disempowered Africans in the Americas because of intervention and asymmetrical power relations emblematic of U.S.-Haiti relations since the nineteenth century. It expands the frontiers of U.S. African American history and reinforces the popularity of current scholarship that emphasizes U.S. African-American engagements with blacks and Latinos in the international arena and the history of intriguing leaders who were forced to make life-changing decisions for their countries and their race.

Keywords: U.S. African Americans; exile; Jean-Bertrand Aristide; Haiti relations; nineteenth century; U.S. Congress; democracy; election

Chapter.  9029 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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