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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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Gender and Hispanidad in the New Era

Gender and Hispanidad in the New Era

(p.116) 6 Gender and Hispanidad in the New Era
The Mulatto Republic

April J. Mayes

University Press of Florida

This chapter bridges the gap between the historiography on women’s activism and studies of the Trujillo era. I argue that feminism was a necessary building block for the regime because, by the 1930s, feminists had provided Dominican political culture with important tools. Like modernizing regimes throughout the Americas in the 1920s through the 1940s, the Trujillo dictatorship drew women into the nationalist project. This chapter insists that by examining the early period of the Trujillato as if gender ideologies and women mattered, we can then trace the continuities within Hispanidad nationalism with other idealizations of dominicanness.

Keywords:   Feminism, Women’s Movement, Reform, General Rafael Trujillo, Hispanidad, Gregoria Goins, Ercilia Pepín, Evangelina Rodrífuez, Abigaíl Mejía, Petronila Gómez

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