Black Cuban, Black American: A Memoir

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Cultural Writing. Latino/Latina Studies. African American Studies. This book marks the first publication of a living author in Arte Público's landmark Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage series. Growing up in Ygor City (now Tampa) in the early twentieth century, the young Evelio Grillo experienced the complexities of life in a horse-and-buggy society demarcated by both racial and linguistic lines. Grillo recaptures in prose this unique world that slowly faded during the Depression. An insightful and ...

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Overview

Cultural Writing. Latino/Latina Studies. African American Studies. This book marks the first publication of a living author in Arte Público's landmark Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage series. Growing up in Ygor City (now Tampa) in the early twentieth century, the young Evelio Grillo experienced the complexities of life in a horse-and-buggy society demarcated by both racial and linguistic lines. Grillo recaptures in prose this unique world that slowly faded during the Depression. An insightful and inspiring work - U.S. Representative Barbara Lee.

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Library Journal
This work presents a seldom-made contrast, that of the differing experiences of a black man in Cuba and in the United States. Grill, a community organizer and political activist, often tells us of the milder divisions between blacks and whites on his home island and of the much tougher, more inextricable racial barriers for blacks in "el Norte." Not only do whites abuse blacks in Tampa but U.S. blacks also set up hurdles for immigrant blacks such as Grillo and his family. As he is assimilated into U.S. black culture, Grillo documents his understanding and enjoyment of the agencies that American blacks developed to survive, grow, and eventually flourish. The church, the black higher education institutions, mentors who give freely of their time, and the armed forces all helped to give Grillo a greater sense of identity and comprehension. Grillo's narrative is full of details that captivate; he is a very accomplished storyteller. Unfortunately, the end of the work is too abrupt, and we are left wanting to know what happens to Grillo after World War II and in later years. Recommended for African American, Latin American, and diversity collections in public and college libraries.-Rene Perez-Lopez, Norfolk P.L.,VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558852938
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Hispanic Civil Rights Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 548,122
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Ybor City 1
1 Father 3
2 Black Cubans and White Cubans 6
3 Black Cubans and Black Americans 10
4 Mother 18
5 Seventh Avenue 28
6 Noche Buena: The Good Night 31
Pt. 2 Going Up North 37
7 Tally Wop 39
8 Fallen to Pieces 47
9 Going Up North 51
10 Washington, D.C. 58
11 Dunbar High 62
12 The Thurmans 72
13 Xavier University 78
Pt. 3 At War 91
14 Shoving Off 93
15 On to India 102
16 The Ledo Road 108
17 Give Me Some Men 117
18 Almost 123
Epilogue 130
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