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IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH: THE SIEGE OF SAVANAH

February 25, 2008

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During his visit in Haiti in March 31, 1995, Pres. Bill Clinton reminded the world that Haiti saved the U.S. Revolution when he said “History records back two centuries ago on the eve of your independence and during my nation’s Revolutionary war, more than 500 of your ancestors came from Haiti to my country and died in the fight to bring the United States to life.” Indeed, President Bill Clinton is right. Earl Caldwell of the Daily News wrote, “Attitude might be different, though, if Americans knew more of how history links the United States to Haiti (the first Black independent nation in the world).

In September 1779, when American troops were in full retreat at the hands of of the British in Savannah, Georgia, the U.S. army was saved by what was described as one of the most brilliant and bravest feats ever performed by foreign troops in the American cause. Haitians did that and these were freed black slaves fighting for a country that was to allow slavery for most of another century. …when the battle was over, instead of the Siege of Savannah, the battle became known as “The day Haiti saved the retreating Patriot army.” The U.S. owes a debt to Haiti. The Bush administration’s policy toward Haiti is as disastrous as Iraq’s.

Written by Smith Georges

Please visit http://www.RediscoverHaiti.com or http://www.ArtandFreeWorld.com

The picture quality is somewhat poor.

P.S. And the United States still harbors racism, at home and abroad.
 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Julio Gutierrez permalink
    February 25, 2008 10:13 am

    Thought Merchant: I was told a story about Liberia by a Cuban academic who fled Cuba in a recent crackdown. He told me that Liberia was set up by President James Monroe in the 1800s to send the slaves back to Africa. He told me that in honor of the President, the capital is Monrovia. I do not remember ever getting taught any of this, either in High School or college. Is this true?

  2. February 27, 2008 8:54 am

    Julio, sorry it took so long to reply. i know Lincoln had a plan to repatriate freed slaves to Liberia. I can not confirm that the idea came from President Monroe–hence leading to the name Monrovia. Though this subject deviates greatly from the nature of the above Blog post, I will indulge with you with the wikipedia address for President James Monroe (President from 1817-1825.
    This link will take you to his profile on wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Monroe

    Perhaps that will help answer your question. If you find truth behind the statement, please leave another comment, or e-mail me at the contact listed on this Blog.

    Yours Truly,
    Thought Merchant

  3. Cliff permalink
    March 1, 2008 12:17 pm

    Thought Merchant. When I was younger, my dad would always incorporate a strong emphasis on black history. Black history from the American struggle, and also the historical struggle of our people all over the Earth.
    I remember reading a book about

    Toussaint L’ Ouverture http://www.atelier-rc.com/PathToussaintLOuverture350.jpg

    , when I was a child, and was psychologically inspired to know about a black man who had to courage to organize and fight the French Army,

    http://rwor.org/a/v20/990-99/996/haiti.htm

    then to eventually disperse them from Haiti. As Americans we are often intentionally neglected from historical figures like him, because our educational system does not want us to be knowledgeable about a history of ourselves going beyond slavery. The incorporation of a history of American and International Revolutionaries, is very important to educational process of the future of our children.

    It is no surprise that Army as strong as this

    “was saved by what was described as one of the most brilliant and bravest feats ever performed by foreign troops in the American cause.”

    Yes Sir. Thanks for this History. 🙂

  4. March 1, 2008 12:41 pm

    Actually this is true. James Monroe supported the idea and in fact, some children of slaves were more than gratuitous to him for freeing them under the rubric of repatriation to Liberia. The name of the organization that arranged slave repatriation in the early 1800s was the American Colonization Society I believe. The idea was spearheaded by Charles Mercer in Virginia. Not surprising. There were a gowing number of regular and effective revolts on the part of slaves in the region so…

  5. March 2, 2008 1:43 am

    Now, this can be categorized under I might be too ‘ sensitive’, but then again…maybe not

  6. Marc Jeris Louis Jean permalink
    December 11, 2008 11:22 am

    Hi everybody,
    your work is very appreciate. This website is a good instrument for the history, our society and the prosterity.

    I will continue to visit the website and invite some friends to do so.

    Thanks

    Marc Jeris

  7. Georgy S. permalink
    February 9, 2009 7:54 pm

    Firts, we’ve come a long way to elect the first African-American president Barack Hussein Obama.

    If we loo back at when the first slaves were brought to this region in 1503. Then the Haitians accomplished what was believed then as “Mission Impossible”. The Haitians fought bloody battles and defeated the Spanish, the English and the French to create the first Black independent country in the world. That’s amazing. “Happy Black History Month” to every one.

  8. Georgy S. permalink
    February 9, 2009 7:55 pm

    First, we’ve come a long way to elect the first African-American president Barack Hussein Obama.

    If we loo back at when the first slaves were brought to this region in 1503. Then the Haitians accomplished what was believed then as “Mission Impossible”. The Haitians fought bloody battles and defeated the Spanish, the English and the French to create the first Black independent country in the world. That’s amazing. “Happy Black History Month” to every one.

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