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Liberty by Julia Alvarez
Transcript of Liberty by Julia Alvarez
Besides having to know these things, the author gives a real tone to the story that wants to put you on edge, because -just like the little girl- we also have to look deep to see what is truly going on. After the Haitian rule over the Dominican Republic, the island faced many dictatorships to further weaken its people and economy. In the time "Liberty" was portrayed, Rafael Trujillo had been the president in the Dominican Republic since 1932, becoming the dictator of the country in the Dominican Party. Under his control, the Dominican Republic faced one of the bloodiest era's in the Americas. Anyone who was suspected to oppose his rule was imprisoned or killed. The United States tried its best to help the Dominican people, helping some to get visa to come to the U.S. like the story's narrator's family had done.
Trujillo was assassinated in 1961, ending the dictatorship of the Dominican Republic. Now, the country is a democracy.
Culture and History The culture in the Dominican Republic is a mix of Spanish, African, and the Taíno natives. The island was the first to be colonized in the Americas by the Spanish and after disease wiped out many of the natives, African slaves were brought to replace them.
After the Haitian liberation over the whole island, slavery was abolished and the Spanish taken from power. Now, both African and Taino culture is the most prominent over the Dominican Republic while the most common language is Spanish.
Food The African and Spanish influence can be seen in the food of the island. The most common foods in the Dominican Republic is Rice and beans. These are both easily grown on the island along with citric fruits -but not lemons- like mango and passion fruit. The most common meats are chicken and pork, which are often eaten with plantains -a fruit similar to a banana.
Due to the poverty covering a majority of the island, many of the foods are produced right at home. Presentation by Chloe Donnan Works sited: