This chapter relates the workings of circuits of information in U.S.-occupied Haiti (1915-1934). Upon their arrival, Marines encountered rich yet elusive circuits of news, rumor and gossip driven by Haiti’s peripatetic market women. Attempts to access or bypass these circuits with nascent wireless and telephone networks had limited success. These circuits came together most strikingly in the U.S. Marines’ use of radio sets as torture devices to electrocute Haitians during interrogations.
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