Peter Hallward, author of Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment, writes on the history of American imperialism in Haiti in the latest Socialist Worker:
The earthquake in Haiti caused, and continues to cause, such terrible destruction and loss of life because the country is so poor. There are three main reasons for that.
Firstly, it is the only place where slavery was overthrown solely by slaves. But it meant a war that lasted 12 years, killed a third of the population, destroyed virtually every city and town, and gutted every plantation.
The second reason that Haiti is poor is that Haitian people paid a price for resisting “primitive accumulation”.
Read the entire piece here.