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The Truth about Haiti. An N.A.A.C.P. Investigation

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Johnson,James Weldon (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
September, 1920
Baltimore, Md.: The Crisis Pub. Co.
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Military intervention, Haiti, African Americans, American occupation, 1915-1934
An article from 1920, by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson, countered the standard justifications for U.S. occupation of Haiti. "The United States has failed in Haiti. It should get out as well and as quickly as it can and restore to the Haitian people their independence and sovereignty. The colored people of the United States should be interested in seeing that this is done, for Haiti is the one best chance that the Negro has in the world to prove that he is capable of the highest self-government. If Haiti should ultimately lose her independence, that one best chance will be lost." --The Author.