The United States and Haiti: Revolutionary Neighbors Should Get Along Better

Lecture Description

The United States and Haiti were the first two modern nation-states established in the Western Hemisphere. Both nations were birthed from revolutions that produced exemplar declarations of independence and constitutions. Still, the history of the United States is told as a predominantly “white” history, and Haiti’s narrative is characterized as “Black” history. This lecture tells a different story. Shared histories of the United States and Haiti can put into sharp relief the realities, contradictions, and challenges of a dynamic, western Atlantic World emerging from beneath European colonization. Viewing the intertwined beginnings and sometimes violent, political evolutions in both nations can shed needed light on the mutual importance and present responsibilities of the United States and Haiti, one to the other.


Colonial International Relations

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Ronald Angelo Johnson

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