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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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Conclusion Unburying the African Past

Conclusion Unburying the African Past

(p.115) Conclusion Unburying the African Past
Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic

Kimberly Eison Simmons

University Press of Florida

This chapter recasts the idea of Dominican blackness as something that is consciously being unburied by Dominican scholars, intellectuals, and activists. While the introduction explores concerted efforts by the state to bury blackness in history books and collective-naming processes, it discusses how these efforts are being revisited and in many ways reversed. In the end, many Dominicans are reclaiming a sense of blackness—what it means to them locally, in the United States, and as part of the African Diaspora—in an effort to unbury and make visible the African past and its legacy, and to impact on the present in terms of identity, circumstances, and experience.

Keywords:   African diaspora, Afro-Dominican, Dominican blackness, racial identity, African past

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