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Haiti: The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation



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Why has Haiti been plagued by so many woes? Why have multiple U.S. efforts to create a stable democracy in Haiti failed so spectacularly? Philippe Girard answers these and other questions, examining how colonialism and slavery have left a legacy of racial tension, both within Haiti and internationally; Haitians remain deeply suspicious of white foriegners' motives, many of whom doubt Hatians' ability to govern themselves. He also examines how Haiti's current political instability is merely a continuation of political strife that began during the War of Independence (1791-1804). Finally, Girard explores poverty's devastating impact on contemporary Haiti and argues that Haitians--particularly home-grown dictators--bear a big share of the responsibility for their nation's troubles.

Author Biography

Philippe Girard is an associate professor of Caribbean History, McNeese State University of Louisiana. A native to the French Caribbean, he is the author of Clinton in Haiti.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. vii
Introduction: Haiti in Ruinsp. 1
The Pearl of the Caribbean: Haiti in Colonial Times (1492-1791)p. 17
The Slaves Who Defeated Napoléon: The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804)p. 39
Missed Opportunities: Haiti after Independence (1804-1915)p. 59
Benevolent Imperialism: Haiti during the First U.S. Occupation (1915-1934)p. 81
Hearts of Darkness: The Duvaliers' Black Revolution (1957-1986)p. 97
A Glimmer of Hope: Aristide's Rise to Power (1988-1991)p. 115
The Haitian Invasion of the United States: Haitian Boat People (October 1991-October 1993)p. 133
Invasion on Demand: The Second U.S. Invasion of Haiti (October 1993-October 1994)p. 151
Gratitude Is the Heart's (Short-Term) Memory: The Second Aristide Presidency (October 1994-February 1996)p. 163
Divide and Founder: The Préval Presidency (1996-2001)p. 177
Boss Titid: The Third Aristide Presidency (2001-2004)p. 189
Settling Down: The Second Préval Presidency (2006-2010)p. 207
Conclusion: Is There Any Hope for Haiti?p. 217
Epilogue: Where Are They Now?p. 231
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 243
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