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Papa Doc Comes to Power
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-July 28, 1934 Haitians celebrated both Stenio Vincent’s election Also the American withdrawal, giving proof that they again controlled their collective destiny.
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Hundreds and thousands of landless, and unskilled, chose to migrate to the richer worlds of their Caribbean neighbors. No matter the conditions they wielded their machetes and cut cane.
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1937 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista expelled the Haitian can cutters. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo had much hate towards Haitians and took action by beginning bloodletting, and filling the rivers of blood that flowed of Haitians. In a massacre unparalleled in the Caribbean or North Am. Dominican national Policy and army rounded up Haitian men, women, and children and systematically slaughtered them.
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Dominican Vespers began October 2nd and lasted 3 days 20,000-30,000 Haitians were Bludgeoned and bayoneted. Brought to sea where the sharks finished them off. Few thousand escaped to die or recover 400 made it to cap Haitien Hospital, Am journalist Quentin Reynolds interviewed them, preserving the horror for history. Dominican Vespers confirmed w/o Americans that Haiti was at the mercy of its neighbors, even little neighboring
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The Vespers were the bloodiest single paragraph in Haiti’s twentieth century history. QUESTIONS: “were the vespers merely a deadly racist plot by light-skinned Dominicans and Haitians to dispose of unwanted blacks? Or were Trujillo and his henchmen avenging their own ancestors cut down by Henry Christophe’s men in Santo Domingo of Feb 25, 1805?”
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December 24, 1939 Dr. Francois Duvalier married Simone Ovide. Age 32 barely surviving professionally. -Shy, pedantic, poor, and black. -Refused as a Army doctor b/c of poor eyesight -Got salary from small medical consultant at the -Emile Seguineau clinic. -Ashamed of private sorrow of his own family life -Resentful that his mother was a madwoman
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Simone Ovide Wife to be shared similar qualities What Duvalier analyzed, Simone believed What he studied, she practiced What he hypothesized, she knew They were a match made in heaven.
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President Lescot: firmly in control of crucial military and made the immensely political move to declaring war on Japan, Germany, and the axis five hours before the U.S did. Secure in power, he jailed Haiti’s wealthy German and Italian merchants and confiscated all their assets, including businesses.
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In may Eucharistic congress, churchmen as a group threw themselves into eradicating Vodou. One weapon was a catechism (book of
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course SOC 305 taught by Professor Hoffman during the Fall '11 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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