Around the time of Trujillo’s dictatorship, specifically on March 27, 1950, a little Dominican girl, named Julia Alvarez, was born in New York. At three months, Julia and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where she spent most of her childhood. While growing up, Julia lived with her mother’s rich, large, and traditional extended family, in which the men worked and the women stayed home. Julia’s childhood, even though living in the Dominican Republic, was surrounded by American culture in which she ate American food, wore American clothes, and went to an American school. With so many ties to the United States, Julia’s father was saved from being another one of Trujillo’s victims because of her father’s association with the underground (a secret force that tried to usurp Trujillo from power); however, Trujillo could not victimize a family with a strong tie to America. In 1960, the Alvarez family moved out of the Dominican Republic and back to New York since Trujillo had set up police surveillance around the Alvarez family compound; soon enough Trujillo was going to get rid of him. However, just before the police were able to capture Julia’s f...
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