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Sugar and power in the Dominican Republic : Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the Trujillos / Michael R. Hall.

By: Hall, Michael R, 1960-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Contributions in Latin American studies: no. 13.Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000Description: xii, 163 p. : map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0313311277 (alk. paper); 9780313311277 (alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- Foreign relations -- Dominican Republic | Dominican Republic -- Foreign relations -- United States | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1961 | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1961-1963 | Economic sanctions -- Dominican Republic | Economic sanctions -- Latin America -- Case studies | Sugar trade -- Dominican Republic -- History -- 20th century | Tariff on sugar -- United States | Democratization -- Dominican RepublicAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Sugar and power in the Dominican Republic.; Online version:: Sugar and power in the Dominican Republic.; Online version:: Sugar and power in the Dominican Republic.DDC classification: 327.7307293/09/045
Contents:
The Role of Sugar in the Dominican Political Economy to 1957 -- US Policy Toward the Dominican Republic, 1900-1957 -- US Sugar Legislation and Dominican Exports, 1900-1957 -- Eisenhower and Trujillo, 1958-1960 -- Kennedy and Democratization Efforts, 1961-1962.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [145]-157) and index.

The Role of Sugar in the Dominican Political Economy to 1957 -- US Policy Toward the Dominican Republic, 1900-1957 -- US Sugar Legislation and Dominican Exports, 1900-1957 -- Eisenhower and Trujillo, 1958-1960 -- Kennedy and Democratization Efforts, 1961-1962.

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Hall focuses on the role that the US sugar quota played in the binational relations between the Dominican Republic and the US, especially between 1958 and 1962. American purchase of Dominican sugar at favorable prices contributed both to Trujillo's personal enrichment and to his stranglehold on Dominican politics after 1930. As the tide turned against Latin American dictators, US Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy hoped to force Trujillo from office by reducing his quota or by imposing additional taxes on it. In contrast, the US Congress often defended Trujillo, persuaded, in Hall's term, by Trujillo's generous "bribes." The offhanded reference to "bribery" does not elaborate on the form the payments took or on whether such practices were illegal under US law at the time. The author's strict focus on sugar as the fulcrum of diplomacy frequently minimizes Trujillo's larger Caribbean role. The 1960 attempt on the life of Venezuelan President Romulo Betancourt is mentioned, but there is no discussion of Trujillo's earlier attacks on the region's democracies. Hall clearly and succinctly analyzes an important binational relationship, but there is little here that would surprise most scholars of Latin America. General readers; undergraduates. J. Ewell; College of William and Mary

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Michael R. Hall teaches Latin American and Diplomatic History at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. He served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1984 to 1987.

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