A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba / Edition 1

A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba / Edition 1

by Alejandro de la Fuente, Alejandro De La Fuente
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807849227

ISBN-13: 9780807849224

Pub. Date: 04/30/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

After thirty years of anticolonial struggle against Spain and four years of military occupation by the United States, Cuba formally became an independent republic in 1902. The nationalist coalition that fought for Cuba's freedom, a movement in which blacks and mulattoes were well represented, had envisioned an egalitarian and inclusive country—a nation for all

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After thirty years of anticolonial struggle against Spain and four years of military occupation by the United States, Cuba formally became an independent republic in 1902. The nationalist coalition that fought for Cuba's freedom, a movement in which blacks and mulattoes were well represented, had envisioned an egalitarian and inclusive country—a nation for all, as Jose Marti described it. But did the Cuban republic, and later the Cuban revolution, live up to these expectations?

Tracing the formation and reformulation of nationalist ideologies, government policies, and different forms of social and political mobilization in republican and postrevolutionary Cuba, Alejandro de la Fuente explores the opportunities and limitations that Afro-Cubans experienced in such areas as job access, education, and political representation. Challenging assumptions of both underlying racism and racial democracy, he contends that racism and antiracism coexisted within Cuban nationalism and, in turn, Cuban society. This coexistence has persisted to this day, despite significant efforts by the revolutionary government to improve the lot of the poor and build a nation that was truly for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849224
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/30/2001
Series:
Envisioning Cuba Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

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