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The Mulatto RepublicClass, Race, and Dominican National Identity$
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April J. Mayes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049199

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049199.001.0001

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The Culture of Progress in San Pedro De Macorís

The Culture of Progress in San Pedro De Macorís

(p.61) 3 The Culture of Progress in San Pedro De Macorís
The Mulatto Republic

April J. Mayes

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the creation of an urban-based elite, comprised of native Dominicans and wealthy, foreign whites, in San Pedro. I argue that Hispanicismo—the elevation of Hispanic cultural norms and the privileging of European heritage became a lingua franca that helped a new elite, comprised of native-born Dominicans and wealthy, white immigrants, cohere as a dominant class in San Pedro de Macorís. In San Pedro, as wealthy white immigrants became members of the city’s governing elites, local leaders turned to Hispanic values and norms to define culture, progress, and modernity for the city’s residents.

Keywords:   Hispanicismo, Cultural Ordering, Eugenio María de Hostos, Moral Social, Associations, Clubs, Progress, Civilization, Modernity

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