By Teresita Martínez-Vergne
Combining highbrow and social historical past, Teresita Martnez-Vergne explores the procedures during which humans within the Dominican Republic started to hammer out a typical feel of objective and a contemporary nationwide identification on the finish of the 19th and starting of the 20 th centuries. Hoping to construct a kingdom of hardworking, peaceable, balloting voters, the Dominican intelligentsia within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries inspired at the remainder of society a discourse of modernity in keeping with secular schooling, inner most estate, sleek agricultural concepts, and an open political approach. Black immigrants, bourgeois ladies, and working-class women and men within the capital urban of Santo Domingo and within the booming sugar city of San Pedro de Macor's, in spite of the fact that, shaped their very own unusually sleek notions of citizenship in day-by-day interactions with urban officers. Martnez-Vergne exhibits simply how tricky it was once to reconcile the lived realities of individuals of colour, ladies, and the operating bad with elite notions of citizenship, entitlement, and identification. She concludes that the city surroundings, instead of defusing the effect of race, category, and gender inside a collective experience of belonging, as intellectuals had expected, as an alternative contributed to maintaining those differences intact, therefore proscribing what might be thought of Dominican.
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Undoubtedly aware of the reasoning behind the eugenics movement as it had traveled to Latin America, the Dominican intelligentsia followed the imperative of developing a national identity that resembled that of European nations. Unable to claim whiteness, they settled for directing attention to the racial mix that marked the population and playing down issues of race in political discourse. ∂∂ Two other traits—the implicit maleness of the national character, and its propensity for Western ways—were also a function of the uneasy circumstances in which the country found itself vis-à-vis the overwhelming presence of the United States in the area.
Instead, some fruit held onto the tree so tightly that neither rain nor storm could shake them o√. Other fruit ‘‘fell’’ upward, going to the higher branches. ≤≠ A well-known poet composed some verses to denounce the abuses of the powerful, who always took advantage of their inferiors to pursue the easiest path: . . person of high rank who likes mangoes a great deal because it is a pleasant fruit. ≤∞ Similarly, in one short story from a series on war, the author highlighted the unequal power di√erential that often brought about unfair consequences.
Dominicans had also to work hard, which they did in the fields, whether as peasants or hired hands. Schools would provide the opportunity for the general populace to become educated, and as such, more productive. With all this in place, only the right conditions had to exist in order for the exercise in citizenship and nationalism to begin. Two significant conundrums flow out of this discussion. One is the realization that the national attributes are, in fact, a wish list that veils some very objective uncertainties.
Nation and Citizen in the Dominican Republic, 1880-1916 by Teresita Martínez-Vergne