This course examines the impact that Haiti and the United States had on each other beginning with the earliest contacts and concluding with current relations between the two countries. It looks at relations from political, cultural, psychological, and geopolitical perspectives. Particular attention will be paid to the Haitian struggle for independence, Haiti’s influence on Antebellum America, the 1915-1934 US occupation of Haiti, the Duvalier’s dynastic rule, and the promise and pitfalls of the Aristide-Preval presidencies.
Steve Brown (email@example.com) earned a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, concentrating on US diplomatic and Latin American history. He was a senior US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Caribbean analyst at Fort Bragg, NC, responsible for Haiti duties. He has taught international relations courses in Webster University’s masters program for twenty years.