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A Proslavery Foreign Policy: Haitian-American Relations during the Early Republic

A Proslavery Foreign Policy: Haitian-American Relations during the Early Republic

by Tim Matthewson


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While the influence of racial policy has long been a factor in American foreign policy, one particularly evident example is U.S. relations with Haiti. The troubled relationship began under George Washington, who authorized the dispatch of arms and ammunition to help the French planters of Saint Dominique, present day Haiti, suppress the black rebellion. Washington's support for the defense of slavery in this regard, proved to be important precedent in the formulation of a proslavery policy in the White House, the State Department, and the Congress. Matthewson explores this stormy legacy and discusses the tension between racial and economic imperatives that would continue to plague relations with the island nation for decades to come.

The policies of Adams, Jefferson, and Monroe would follow lines similar to Washington's, particularly America's nonrecognition of Haiti, which would last until the Lincoln administration. The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 would include a racial exception to the ban on European expansion in the Americas. America even refused to attend the first Pan American Congress of 1826, because Haiti was on the agenda.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275980023
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/30/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tim Matthewson is an independent researcher and president of the Patent Company, a patent research and services company. He received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1976 where he studied under Alexander DeConde. Formerly with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Papers of Albert Gallatin, he has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and other universities.

Table of Contents




President George Washington

The End of White Supremacy

President John Adams

The First Intervention

President Thomas Jefferson

The Triumph of Racism



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