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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

The Downfall of General Rafael Trujillo

In this presentation several key events will be discussed that contributed to the downfall of General Trujillo. First, the abduction of Columbia University professor Jesus Galindez. Second, Trujillo's unsuccessful attempt on the life of Venezuela's president Romulo Betancourt. Also included will be several events within the Dominican Republic that contributed in no small way to Trujillo's downfall. The murder of the Miribal sisters, the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church and the disillusionment of his own people are only a few of the factors that led to the end of Trujillo's regime. Finally, information from a DVD documentary will be offered as well as material gathered from an interview with two eyewitnesses that grew to adulthood during the Trujillo dictatorship and witnessed the climactic end of the regime.

Presenter: James Johnston (Graduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 12 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)