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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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The Marketing of Haiti

The Marketing of Haiti

(p.59) 4 The Marketing of Haiti
Caribbean Crossing

Sara Fanning

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the newspapers that were central to those who were advocating a change in the relationship between Haiti and the United States. These newspapers were filled with reports about Haiti and Haitian leaders, including public proclamations, the “progress” of the island, and the commercial opportunities. Even reports that focused on trade offered accounts of Haiti's government and current events as context. Editors such as Hezekiah Niles and Benjamin Lundy and countless others contributed to this public file on Haiti. Niles published Niles' Weekly Register and prided himself on the paper's impartiality in an era when newspapers understood their role as representing particular political parties. Benjamin Lundy, the most famous American abolitionist in the 1820s, also lived in Baltimore to publish Genius of Universal Emancipation. He established his paper specifically to function as an antislavery voice and pushed the cause of Haitian recognition and emigration with it.

Keywords:   Haiti, Haitian leaders, Haiti's government, Hezekiah Niles, Benjamin Lundy, antislavery, Haitian recognition

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