By Edward Paulino

The island of Hispaniola is divided via a border that divides the Dominican Republic and Haiti. This border has been traditionally contested and principally porous. Dividing Hispaniola is a examine of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo’s scheme, through the mid-twentieth century, to create and toughen a buffer area in this border in the course of the institution of kingdom associations and an ideological crusade opposed to what used to be thought of an encroaching black, inferior, and bellicose Haitian kingdom. The good fortune of this application trusted convincing Dominicans that despite their genuine colour, whiteness used to be synonymous with Dominican cultural identity.

Paulino examines the crusade opposed to Haiti because the build of a fractured city highbrow minority, reinforced through foreign politics and U.S. imperialism. This minority incorporated a various set of people and associations that hired anti-Haitian rhetoric for his or her personal profit (i.e., sugar brands and border officials.) but, in fact, those related actors had little interest in developing an impermeable border.

Paulino extra demonstrates that Dominican attitudes of admiration and cohesion towards Haitians in addition to wide intermixture round the border sector have been typical. In sum his examine argues opposed to the thought that anti-Haitianism was once a part of a continual and innate Dominican ethos.

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