The Farming of Bones

by Edwidge Danticat

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  • Research the 1937 massacre of Haitians by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and compare it to more recent ethnic genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia.
  • Choose another dictator, such as Adolf Hitler or Haitian leader Francois ‘‘Papa Doc’’ Duvalier, and compare him to Rafael Trujillo. What methods did these men use to gain and keep control over their countries?
  • Investigate the hurricane of 1931 and the damage it caused in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Other than destruction of property, what long-term effects did the storm have on the economy, society, and culture of these countries?
  • Consider the society you live in. Is there any evidence that a dictator like Trujillo could come to power in your own culture?

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