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Published on Jan 19, 2010
In 1934, the Republic of Haiti celebrated its 130th anniversary as an independent nation. That same year, another sort of Haitian independence occurred, as the United States ended nearly two decades of occupation. In the first comprehensive political history of post-occupation Haiti, historian Matthew Smith argues that the period from 1934 until the rise of dictator François Papa Doc Duvalier in 1957 constituted modern Haitis greatest moment of political promise. He will explore this theme in a lecture based on his recently published book titled Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957. The lecture is sponsored by Florida International Universitys Latin American and Caribbean Center, School of International and Public Affairs, and Digital Library of the Caribbean, as well as the Haitian Heritage Museum. The event is part of LACCs 12th Annual Haitian Summer Institute.
Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D. Lecturer in History in the Department of History and Archaeology, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica Haitian Heritage Museum, Miami, FL July 2, 2009