Sugar And Power In The Dominican Republic

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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 ...

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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 same time, the Trujillo regime played upon Washington's fear of communism in response to the Cuban revolution to obtain an expanded sugar quota.

Drawing heavily on U.S. and Dominican government documents, this study argues that the U.S. initiated economic sanctions against Trujillo to gain hemispheric support against Castro's Cuban revolution. Kennedy expanded those sanctions in an attempt to push the Dominican Republic along the path toward democracy. Although Juan Bosch's election at the end of 1962 and the allotment of a generous sugar quota indicated the apparent success of U.S. foreign policy toward the Dominican Republic, the overthrow of Bosch in 1963 indicated that the path toward democracy was longer than American policy makers had anticipated. This case study in the role of economic coercion in U.S.-Latin American relations during the Cold War tries to present a balanced account of both sides of the story.

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Hall (Latin American and diplomatic history, Armstrong Atlantic State U-Savanna) explores the impact that sugar had on US-Dominican relations between 1958 and 1962. He focuses on the way Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy used sugar quota legislation to maintain US hegemony in the Dominican Republic and to push Trujillo and his successors along the path toward democracy. He also addresses how the Dominican government used the communist threat to US hegemony in the Western Hemisphere to justify its desire for an increased share of the preferential US sugar market. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Michael Hall

MICHAEL R. HALL teaches Latin American and Diplomatic History at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Role of Sugar in the Dominican Political Economy to 1957

U.S. Policy Toward the Dominican Republic, 1900-1957

U.S. Sugar Legislation and Dominican Exports, 1900-1957

Eisenhower and Trujillo, 1958-1960

Kennedy and Democratization Efforts, 1961-1962

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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