Sugar and Power in the Dominican Republic : Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the TrujillosMaterial type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandContributions in Latin American Studies: Publisher: Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, 2000Description: 1 online resource (177 p.)ISBN: 9780313030574Subject(s): Democratization -- Dominican Republic | Dominican Republic -- Foreign relations -- United States | Economic sanctions -- Dominican Republic | Economic sanctions -- Latin America -- Case studies | Sugar trade -- Dominican Republic -- History -- 20th century | Tariff on sugar -- United States | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1961 | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1961-1963 | United States -- Foreign relations -- Dominican RepublicGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Sugar and Power in the Dominican Republic : Eisenhower, Kennedy, and the TrujillosDDC classification: 327.7307293 | 327.7307293/09/045 | 327.730729309045 LOC classification: E183.8.D6 H35 2000Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; List of Tables; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Role of Sugar in the Dominican Political Economy to 1957; 2. US Policy Toward the Dominican Republic, 1900-1957; 3. US Sugar Legislation and Dominican Exports, 1900-1957; 4. Eisenhower and Trujillo, 1958-1960; 5. Kennedy and Democratization Efforts, 1961-1962; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
A study of the powerful impact that sugar had on U.S.-Dominican relations as the primary vehicle of reciprocal manipulation from 1958 to 1962, Sugar and Power examines the development of the sugar industry in the Dominican Republic. Hall uncovers new evidence that supports the belief that U.S.-Latin American relations during this period were frequently a two-way street, with the United States reacting to Latin American initiatives just as frequently as Latin Americans responded to American initiatives. Both Eisenhower and Kennedy used sugar quota legislation as a foreign policy tool. At the sa
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CHOICE ReviewHall 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./e He served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1984 to 1987.