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Being a Member of the Colored Race”: The Mission of Charles Young, Military Attaché to Haiti, 1904–1907

Being a Member of the Colored Race”: The Mission of Charles Young, Military Attaché to Haiti, 1904–1907

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(p.96) 4 Being a Member of the Colored Race”: The Mission of Charles Young, Military Attaché to Haiti, 1904–1907
Source:
Haiti and the Americas
Author(s):
David P. Kilroy
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037573.003.0005

This chapter examines how the U.S. military deployed African American Charles Young as envoy to Haiti just as North American imperial interest in the Caribbean was intensifying. Young, who spent a total of nine years serving as U.S. military attaché in what were then the world’s only two independent black republics, Haiti and Liberia, was chosen for these assignments almost entirely for racial reasons. His mission to Haiti was conceived by the Military Information Division of the U.S. Department of War, and his goal was to gather military intelligence to be used in building a contingency plan for a possible U.S. occupation of Haiti.

Keywords:   US military, African Americans, imperialism, Caribbean, race, military intelligence

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