Between race and empire: African-Americans and Cubans before by Lisa Brock

By Lisa Brock

This assortment lines kin among Cubans and African-Americans from the abolitionist period to the Cuban Revolution of 1959. It goals to extend realizing of heritage from under and replicate traits in PanAfricanist and African Diaspora by way of tracing a hyperlink among peoples of African descent.

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S. presence did deepen racism in Cuba, it found and worked with a racist Cuban constituency. The so-called Race War of 1912 is evidence of that. But the notion that black Cubans held a status unattainable for black Americans was deeply rooted in African-American historical memory, making it difficult to dislodge. It dated at least to the Ten Years War (186878), when American blacks became aware that Cuba's anti-Spanish army was integrated, that its leading general, Antonio Maceo, was black, and it was simultaneously fighting against slavery and for independence.

The Beast Has Many Bellies My grandmother never told me why Cubans were so much a part of American baseball. The relaxed way in which she spoke of them, though, indicated that their presence was a comfortable one, a part of her historical memory. What my grandmother may not have been able to explain, many of her Cuban contemporaries could have. Cubans were part of African-American life because of racism and a historical set of imperial arrangements. As the United States occupied the island militarily (18981902) and forced the Platt Amendment into the Cuban Constitution (1902), 8 a classic imperial bridge, both structural and ideological, was built between colonizer and colony.

9106'4dc21 97-20278 Page v In memory of Carmen Montejo Arrechea, Chizuru Brock, and Terrence Gaston Johnson Page vii Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Between Race and Empire Lisa Brock 1 1. Minerva : A Magazine for Women (and Men) of Color Carmen Montejo Arrechea 33 2. Telling Silences and Making Community: Afro-Cubans and African-Americans in Ybor City and Tampa, 18991915 Nancy Raquel Mirabal 49 3. The African-American Press and United States Involvement in Cuba, 19021912 David J. Hellwig 70 4.

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