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Maggie Steber [Ref. #1980]

Jean-Claude Duvalier's Wedding

In the midst of widespread poverty, the marriage of Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier and Michele Bennett, at a cost of approximately $7 million was an example of the highly centralized control of the nation's wealth. The marriage signified a cultural shift: despite his father's marriage to a mulatto, Baby Doc's choice of wife seemed to many to be a movement toward the old system of racially ordered social class. The assumption was that Baby Doc's regime would move the power base from the new black middle class to the mulatto business community in Port-au-Prince.

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