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Caribbean CrossingAfrican Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement$
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Sara Fanning

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814764930

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814764930.001.0001

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Boyer’s Recognition Project

Boyer’s Recognition Project

(p.41) 3 Boyer’s Recognition Project
Caribbean Crossing

Sara Fanning

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the issues that Jean-Pierre Boyer and his supporters grappled with as they pushed for American acknowledgement of Haiti's independence. Boyer understood that recognizing his state would put the U.S. on the record as accepting a black people as equals—unacceptable for southern politicians. Indeed, to recognize Haiti as a nation would be to recognize at least some people of African descent as equals and would be proclaiming as much to the world. This is precisely why the plantation class in the South objected so strongly. As Boyer made traction toward support for opening up diplomatic ties, Haiti experienced unprecedented negative publicity, including rumors of its involvement in the infamous Vesey Conspiracy Trials in South Carolina and two other slave-revolt scandals in the West Indies.

Keywords:   Jean-Pierre Boyer, Haiti's independence, black people, plantation class, Vesey Conspiracy Trials, slave-revolt scandals

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