Haiti and the U.S. : African American emigration and the recognition debate


Haiti and the U.S. : African American emigration and the recognition debate

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dc.contributor.advisor Sidbury, James
dc.creator Fanning, Sara
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-29T00:16:03Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-29T00:16:03Z
dc.date.created 2008-05
dc.date.issued 2008-08-29T00:16:03Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/3874
dc.description.abstract My dissertation examines the cultural, political, and economic relationship between Haiti and the United States in the early nineteenth century--a key period in the development of both young nations. Most scholarship on this relationship has revolved around either the Haitian Revolution or later periods, from the mid-nineteenth century onward. Through trade, migration, and politics, the two countries had a more substantial role in one another's formative years than the literature currently suggests. Haitian leaders actively sought to attract African Americans to the island and believed they were crucial to improving Haiti's economic and political standing. African Americans became essential players in determining the nature of Haiti and U.S. relations, and the migration of thousands to Haiti in the 1820s proved to be the apogee of the two countries' interconnectedness. Drawing on a variety of materials, including emigrant letters, diary accounts, travelers' reports, newspaper editorials, the National Archives' Passenger Lists, Haitian government proclamations, Haitian newspapers, and American, British, and French consulate records, I analyze the diverse political and social motivations that fueled African American emigration. The project links Haitian nation building and Haitian struggles for recognition to American abolitionism and commercial development.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.
dc.subject.lcsh Free African Americans--Haiti--History--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh Haiti--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh Haiti--Foreign relations--United States--History--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh Haiti--History--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh United States--Foreign relations--Haiti--History--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh United States--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century
dc.title Haiti and the U.S. : African American emigration and the recognition debate
dc.title.alternative African American emigration and the recognition debate
dc.description.department History
dc.identifier.oclc 243468556
dc.identifier.recnum b7066044x
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department History
thesis.degree.discipline History
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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