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Dominican Republic history

Washington, DC The Dominican Mirabal sisters famously fought for justice in one of the longest running (and most brutal) dictatorships in history. Author Julia Alvarez beautifully captured this dark period in a fictionalized account of the Trujillo dictatorship in her novel, In the Time of the...
"Lepidoptera 0004" by Noaha from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/visualarts/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 ) New to The Big Read library for 2010-2011 is In the Time of the Butterflies , Julia Alvarez's powerful historical novel set primarily in mid-20th century Dominican Republic. Among those chiming in on...
Washington, DC Today The Big Read blog features a guest post by NEA Big Read literature staffer Molly Thomas-Hicks. November 25 th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Forty-nine years ago today, off a lonely mountain road in the Dominican Republic, three sisters...