“We Cast in Our Lot with the Policy of Good Neighborliness”

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:
“We Cast in Our Lot with the Policy of Good Neighborliness”

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The chapter investigates the role of Claude Barnett and U.S. African American business interests in the development of Haiti during the post-occupation period (1934–1957). Influenced by the economic self-help philosophy of Booker T. Washington and encouraged by the culture of inter-American cooperation under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Good Neighbor Policy, Barnett played an important part in strengthening U.S. African American and Haitian relations. As editor in chief of the Associated Negro Press (ANP), he led an information network that exposed black readers to and educated them about Haitian political, cultural, and economic affairs. This chapter argues that black Pan American entrepreneurs and intellectuals of this era truly saw no alternative to modernization other than Western capitalist development as modeled by advances in the U.S. society.

Keywords: Claude Barnett; post-occupation period; self-help philosophy; Booker T. Washington; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Haitian relations; Associated Negro Press; capitalist

Chapter.  15916 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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