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Self-Determining Haiti

Four articles reprinted from The Nation embodying a report of an investigation made for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,535 / 64 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 38.8
LoC Category: F
Downloads: 3,171
Added to site: 2011.06.29 30267
Genre: Periodical

en servants. They ride in automobiles--not their own. Every American head of a department in Haiti has an automobile furnished at the expense of the Haitian Government, whereas members of the Haitian cabinet, who are theoretically above them, have no such convenience or luxury. While I was there, the President himself was obliged to borrow an automobile from the Occupation for a trip through the interior. The Louisiana school-teacher Superintendent of Instruction has an automobile furnished at government expense, whereas the Haitian Minister of Public Instruction, his supposed superior officer, has none. These automobiles seem to be chiefly employed in giving the women and children an airing each afternoon. It must be amusing, when it is not maddening to the Haitians, to see with what disdainful air these people look upon them as they ride by.

The platform adopted by the Democratic party at San Francisco said of the Wilson policy in Mexico:

The Administration, remembering always that Mexico is a



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