Feb 25, 2011 10:18 AM | 0
This Sunday, while many will be preparing for a marathon viewing of the 83rd Academy Awards presentations, hundreds of thousands of New York City’s Dominicans will be celebrating their homeland’s independence day.
In 1838 Dominican nationalist Juan Pablo Duarte and two other countrymen began forming a rebellion to overthrow their Haitian oppressors. On February 27, 1844, the rebels took back the Ozama fortress in Santo Domingo, bringing independence to the small country. The rest, as they say, is history!
To party with the ‘natives,’ read up on more Dominican history and culture with these materials from your library:
The Dominican Republic by Douglas A. Phillips and Charles F. Gritzner
The Dominican Republic: A National History by Frank Moya Pons
Merengue Tipico from the Dominican Republic [sound recording] by La India Canela
Para Ti [sound recording] by Juan Luis Guerra; 4.40
The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez