In 1981 I was asked by some DePauw University students to serve as faculty adviser for a group planning to work in rural Haiti during the nearly month-long interim term. I accepted the offer for several reasons. I had enjoyed being the faculty adviser for two previous work projects in Guatemala and Jamaica. I had found the experience was educationally valuable for undergraduates, and I could use it to enhance classroom learning during the semester. In addition, the experience of living and working in a radically different environment was intellectually stimulating for me as a social scientist interested in welfare economics. Finally, because such volunteer projects were rare in the early 1980s, I realized the opportunity should not be passed up. It was a chance to see a part of the world I had heard of but knew little or nothing about except from accounts found in newspaper and magazine articles.
List of Tables – Preface -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Duvalierism and Haiti's Vast Majority: The Rural Poor and Pig Repopulation in the 1980s -- 3 Deforestation and Haitian Poverty – 4 Misguided Reforestation: Focusing on Poor Haitians – 5 Haitian Refugees – 6 The International Embargo of the 1990s – 7 Making Haiti Livable for Its People – 8 Haitian Americans -- 9 Transnational Linkages: Haitian Americans and Haitians -- Epilogue: The Future -- Selected Bibliography – Index.