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The chapter’s argument is grounded on close readings of military records related to the persecution and killing of the Afro-Dominican religious leader Olivorio Mateo at the hands of the U.S. Marines during the Occupation of 1916–24. The official Marine records are studied in tandem with Afro-Dominican salves, interviews, photographs, letters, and a novel Song of the Water Saints (2002), to demonstrate how the logic of the occupation contributed to imagining the Dominican racialized body as a site that needed to be controlled and civilized. The nonofficial evidence the chapter recovers and preserves show the multiple ways in which racialized...

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