Haiti: Americas

On Oct. 20, hair-raising stories reached the world press of a massacre by Dominican soldiers of several thousand Haitian poor folk who had crossed the wild, remote border to find land and work. LIFE’s photographer wangled his way to the border after a trip through Voodoo Haiti. Pictures next week will show Haitians beating drums (Radas) to conjure the gods of war. Fearing an invasion by Trujillo, Haiti on Nov. 13 invited the U.S., Cuba and Mexico to arbitrate the massacre.

“The US is invited to arbitrate a massacre in its front garden,” Life (December 6, 1937)

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