The Dominican Republic Reader is a valuable and eminently teachable collection that benefits from the varied interests and deep expertise of its editors. The collection is temporally balanced, beginning with entries about pre-Columbian indigenous societies and proceeding steadily forward through contact and colonization, the Haitian Revolution, and independence and into the twenty-first century. Three thematic sections conclude the book, organized around religion, popular culture, and migration and diaspora. As the authors observe, many aspects of Dominican history have not received very much attention in English. The editors present a number of key entries in translation for the first time, alongside an impressive collection of images.

The reader offers a welcome blend of touchstone texts and harder-to-find documents. Particularly valuable well-known selections include, for example, Brother Antonio Montesino's infamous sermon “A Voice in the Wilderness,” Silvio Torres-Saillant's classic essay “Tribulations of Blackness,” and...

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