Price-Mars and the Period of Haitian-American Adjustment, 1930–3



The events of 1929 and 1930 had rejuvenated the Haitian nation and left it looking forward “expectantly to certain liberation.”1 The US State Department, however, was firmly convinced that Haitianization or relaxation of US control ought to proceed gradually.2 There would be some progress during the next three years, but it was bound to be accompanied by complaints and new controversies.3 As US troops remained on Haitian soil and Haitian divisiveness re-emerged, both sides would find it difficult to adjust to the changing situation.


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    Dantès Bellegarde, La Résistance haitienne (Montreal: Editions Beauchemin, 1937), p. 172.Google Scholar
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