Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina Term Paper by Ella Bradford

Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina
A study on the life of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, former dictator of the Dominican Republic.
# 109800 | 1,447 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 08, 2008 in History (European) , History (Leaders)

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This paper studies the life of the former dictator of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina. The author gives a background on Rafael Trujillo, charting his military career, and his rise to presidency. The paper speaks of Rafael Trujillo's thirty-one year reign of terror, otherwise known as "The Era of Trujillo". Although seemingly a good leader, who minimized the national debt and kept the currency stable, the paper also describes Rafael Trujillo's order for the mass killing of all Haitians on Dominican land, and the usage of the 'torture chamber' for people who were caught by his secret police.

From the Paper:

"For thirty-one years El Jefe was the status quo in regards to Dominican politics affecting the lives of his country men and his neighboring states. Despite being a ruthless mass murder, Rafael Trujillo was able maintain somewhat of descent standing with the international community up until the years leading to his murder. During his thirty plus years of terror tens of thousands died at his hands and the only consequence to his actions was a slap on the wrist from the international community. Trujillo's regime did produce one positive feature by inspiring many brave souls, such as the Mirabel sisters, who had the valor to fight against evil for a free country and their families. This offers hope that in the face of malevolence there shall always be good men and women standing up for what is just and right in the world."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Dominican Republic-THE ERA OF TRUJILLO." Country Studies. 7 May 2007 <http://countrystudies.us/dominican-republic/11.htm>.
  • Hardy, Osgood. "Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina." The Pacific Historical Review 15(1946): 406-416.

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