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Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic$
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Kimberly Eison Simmons

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036755

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036755.001.0001

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Stirring the Sancocho

Stirring the Sancocho

Dominicanness, Race, and Mixture in Historical Context

(p.14) 1 Stirring the Sancocho
Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic

Kimberly Eison Simmons

University Press of Florida

This chapter considers the history of immigration to the Dominican Republic with a focus on the state, the census, and categories of mestizaje (processual “race mixture”). Attention is also paid to blanqueamiento (whitening) practices, the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (1930–1961), and the construction of Dominican nationality and mixedness, with the institutionalization of the color category indio to represent the majority of Dominicans on the cédula, the national identification card.

Keywords:   blanqueamiento, cédula, census, Dominicanness, indio, mestizaje, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, Sancocho

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