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From Douglass to DuvalierU.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 18701964$
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Millery Polyne

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034720

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034720.001.0001

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“What Happens in Haiti Has Repercussions Which Far Transcend Haiti Itself”

“What Happens in Haiti Has Repercussions Which Far Transcend Haiti Itself”

Walter White, Haiti and the Public Relations Campaign, 1947–1955

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From Douglass to Duvalier

Millery Polyné

University Press of Florida

This chapter investigates the politics of Walter White's public relations campaign to alter Haiti's image and to increase tourism to the island nation. White's campaign paralleled U.S. policy objectives of fostering mutual cooperation and financial and technical assistance in the Caribbean and Latin America. In spite of White's accord with the U.S. policies, specifically the objectives of Harry Truman's Point Four program and other inter-American projects rooted in the political ideology of U.S. Pan Americanism, White confronted U.S. hegemony of Haitian affairs, believing that an economically empowered and politically stable Haiti could profoundly affect U.S. African American advancement in Cold War America.

Keywords:   Walter White, public relations campaign, Haiti, tourism, U.S. policies, Harry Truman's Point Four program, political ideology, U.S. hegemony, cold war

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