So what WAS the first great international moral crisis America faced? Would America, which still permitted slavery support the revolt of Slaves in Haiti against their French masters. Americans had no problem, mostly, supporting the French Revolution. But when the Slaves in St. Dominique revolted and set up the nation of Haiti, America was most divided. There were refugees, as there have been in recent decades. The Federalists under Adams wavered and did little. Thomas Jefferson, chose to defend the rights of slavers, of which he was one. France would recognize the nation of Haiti in 1825. America would wait until 1862 and our Civil War, to recognize the 'black' government of Haiti. The USA had flunked it's first international crisis. Our morality extended no further than the welfare of our rich slave owners.
from the article: Israeli official arrives in Haiti to 'devastation on every corner'