“What Happens in Haiti Has Repercussions Which Far Transcend Haiti Itself”

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:
“What Happens in Haiti Has Repercussions Which Far Transcend Haiti Itself”

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This chapter investigates the politics of Walter White's public relations campaign to alter Haiti's image and to increase tourism to the island nation. White's campaign paralleled U.S. policy objectives of fostering mutual cooperation and financial and technical assistance in the Caribbean and Latin America. In spite of White's accord with the U.S. policies, specifically the objectives of Harry Truman's Point Four program and other inter-American projects rooted in the political ideology of U.S. Pan Americanism, White confronted U.S. hegemony of Haitian affairs, believing that an economically empowered and politically stable Haiti could profoundly affect U.S. African American advancement in Cold War America.

Keywords: Walter White; public relations campaign; Haiti; tourism; U.S. policies; Harry Truman's Point Four program; political ideology; U.S. hegemony; cold war

Chapter.  8761 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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