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Vaudeville acts, for instance, had tunes for just about every major immigrant group: the Italian number, the Yiddish number, the Irish one, the Chinese. Some were sung in a spirit of abuse; others were written or performed by members of those groups themselves. And of course there were the minstrel shows, in which people with mocking, cork-painted faces sang what they pretended were the songs of Southern former slaves. This was how we reckoned with our melting pot: crudely, obliviously, maybe with a nice tune and a beat you could dance to.
The Dominican Republic became a nation on 27 February when a group of revolutionaries seized power from the Haitian rulers of the island of Hispaniola. A few years later the city of Santo Domingo became the Spanish capital of the New World, and because of its location in the trade winds, it was the gateway to the Caribbean. France gained a foothold on the western end of the island, which became prosperous, and by Spain ceded the entire island to France. By the black African slaves in the western portion of the island now Haiti rebelled against the French and ruled the entire island. French troops eventually reclaimed the island, but were able to occupy only the western end.
By Keiran Southern For Mailonline. A Haitian earthquake victim claims the disgraced Oxfam official at the centre of a sex abuse scandal chatted her up when she was 17 and eight months pregnant before later luring her into a sexual relationship. Van Hauwermeiren, 68, oversaw the charity's reaction to the earthquake that devastated the country. Ms Gabo, now 24, said the disgraced former Oxfam chief spotted her when she was eight months pregnant. She is pregnant again.