Civil Occupation?

In SCU’s Historical Perspectives, Bridget Woody ’20 explored America’s attempts to stigmatize Haitian culture and religion during occupation.

Bioengineering major Bridget Woody ’20 wanted to challenge the idea of military occupation in the name of civility. “The main theme I wanted to convey was how ruthless the U.S. occupiers were” in Haiti from 1915-1934, she says of her honors paper published in SCU’s Historical Perspectives.

[Read More: A Potent Brew: Haiti, Vodou, and the U.S. Marines]

Woody specifically looked at America’s attempts to stigmatize and eradicate Haiti’s Afro-Creole religion of vodou. She sees a lot of parallels today as large military powers continue to meddle around the globe.

In Haiti, “American forces and the U.S. government were really concerned with non-American values, and were fearful of them,” she says. 

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