Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940 (2020)

Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940 Mary A. Renda Taking Haiti Military Occupation and the Culture of U S Imperialism The U S invasion of Haiti in July marked the start of a military occupation that lasted for nineteen years and fed an American fascination with Haiti that flourished even longer Exploring the cul
  • Title: Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940
  • Author: Mary A. Renda
  • ISBN: 9780807849385
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940 Mary A. Renda The U.S invasion of Haiti in July 1915 marked the start of a military occupation that lasted for nineteen years and fed an American fascination with Haiti that flourished even longer Exploring the cultural dimensions of U.S contact with Haiti during the occupation and its aftermath, Mary Renda shows that what Americans thought and wrote about Haiti during those years cThe U.S invasion of Haiti in July 1915 marked the start of a military occupation that lasted for nineteen years and fed an American fascination with Haiti that flourished even longer Exploring the cultural dimensions of U.S contact with Haiti during the occupation and its aftermath, Mary Renda shows that what Americans thought and wrote about Haiti during those years contributed in crucial and unexpected ways to an emerging culture of U.S imperialism.At the heart of this emerging culture, Renda argues, was American paternalism, which saw Haitians as wards of the United States She explores the ways in which diverse Americans including activists, intellectuals, artists, missionaries, marines, and politicians responded to paternalist constructs, shaping new versions of American culture along the way Her analysis draws on a rich record of U.S discourses on Haiti, including the writings of policymakers the diaries, letters, songs, and memoirs of marines stationed in Haiti and literary works by such writers as Eugene O Neill, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston.Pathbreaking and provocative, Taking Haiti illuminates the complex interplay between culture and acts of violence in the making of the American empire.
Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940 Mary A. Renda

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One thought on “Taking Haiti: Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940

  1. Christopher Saunders

    Mary Renda s Taking Haiti offers a cultural analysis of the invasion It s certainly an interesting perspective to explore, as Renda examines the American occupation s impact on American culture she argues that the plethora of military memoirs and travel writing from the era, for instance, directly led to America s fascination with voodoo and zombies Similarly, it s fascinating to see how many American writers Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Eugene O Neill, Orson Welles drew inspiration from [...]

  2. Randall Wallace

    By the turn of the century, U.S Marines had landed on Haitian soil illegally eight times to protect American lives and property Invading a sovereign nation at will, and doing it multiple times, is par for the course for the United States In 1917, General Smedley Butler used forced labor to build Haitian roads How thoughtful After the target Cacos were subdued, the U.S forces stayed on in an occupation that included throwing people in jail anyone who objected to the no longer necessary occupation [...]

  3. Matt

    Haiti Birthplace of zombies First and only successful slave revolution in history The first country in the Americas to outlaw slavery And punished ever since by the powers of the west Haiti is inherently fascinating Especially to white people I can say that I am one This book charts the clue s in the title the story of the US s occupation of Haiti Basically, Daddy America wanted things run a certain way, and, oh, isn t it exotic and fascinating, ooh voodoo, naughty, kinky, we don t have a clue w [...]

  4. Katie Wilson

    Micro history at its finest Johnson tells a narrative of the industrial revolution, the rise of modern celebrity, and Jacksonian Democracy all through the story of famous daredevil Sam Patch Easy to read and engaging, highly recommended.

  5. Meghan Sweeney

    Interesting insight into the sex lives and daddy issues of American marines in Haiti but overall the book was a slow read and weighed down with academic rhetoric.

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