The Cuban American Family Album

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"When you ask my sons where they are from they will answer, 'I'm Cuban, but I was born in McAllen, Texas.'"--Maria Luisa Salcines, born in Guantánamo, Cuba, who came to the United States in 1963.
Between 1960 and 1995 over one million Cubans arrived in the United States--almost 10 percent of the island's population. Many came in the dead of night with only the clothes on their backs. Though it is less than 100 miles from Cuba to the tip of Florida, the journey was often a dangerous and unpredictable voyage in ...
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"When you ask my sons where they are from they will answer, 'I'm Cuban, but I was born in McAllen, Texas.'"--Maria Luisa Salcines, born in Guantánamo, Cuba, who came to the United States in 1963.
Between 1960 and 1995 over one million Cubans arrived in the United States--almost 10 percent of the island's population. Many came in the dead of night with only the clothes on their backs. Though it is less than 100 miles from Cuba to the tip of Florida, the journey was often a dangerous and unpredictable voyage in makeshift boats. The "Golden Exiles" who escaped Fidel Castro's revolutionary government between 1959 and 1962 were probably the best-educated and wealthiest large group of immigrants ever to arrive in the United States. These immigrants who had been doctors, lawyers, bankers, business owners, and college professors in Cuba quickly established a community that remains a powerful political and economic force, and one that embraces the new Cuban immigrants who continue to arrive today.
A whole generation of Cuban Americans has grown to adulthood in the United States. Many left the island as young children and have assimilated into American life. Others yearn for a life in Cuba they can only imagine from the stories their grandparents tell. These stories--full of longing and hope--are the heart of The Cuban American Family Album. Interviews, excerpts from diaries and letters, newspaper accounts, profiles of famous Cuban Americans, and remarkable pictures from real family albums tell a poignant yet exuberant story of a beautiful blending of Cuban and American traditions. The result is a vibrant picture of a distinctive and important American community.

Interviews, excerpts from diaries and letters, newspaper accounts, profiles of famous individuals, and pictures from family albums portray the Cuban American experience.

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"[An] innovative history of Cubans in the United States.... The scrapbook approach engages the reader. This volume is an important contribution to the growing literature on Cuban Americans for young people."--MultiCultural Review

"Full of personal stories and black-and-white photographs with generous captions."--Booklist

"A great book for young and adult readers alike."--The San Francisco Chronicle

"By mingling history, biography, memoir, and photographs, the Hooblers distill more than three decades of separation, exile, and assimilation into a slender, tantalizing package. A large chorus of varied voices melds into a primer on Cuban-American politics, family life, and social and cultural institutions."--Miami Herald

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This entry in the Hooblers' American Family Album series (The Jewish American Family Album, 1995, etc.) begins with an introduction by Oscar Hijuelos, who notes, "where there are Cubans, there will be much warmth, life and amazing energy." A collection of oral histories and memoirs grouped by topic offer firsthand accounts of "The Old Country," "Coming to the United States," "Ports of Entry," "A New Life," "Putting Down Roots," and "Part of the United States." Readers will learn about the quinceañera, the celebration of a young woman's 15th birthday, how immigration to the US broke down the extended Cuban family, once the strongest force in that society, and how Desi Arnaz became the first famous Cuban American. The black-and-white photographs in the album reflect the various moods of these memoirs and manifest the Cuban-American story. Insets on celebrities such as Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan add interest, as does a recipe for black beans, the staple of Cuban cooking.

The grouping of memoirs around general topics leads to some natural disjointedness, but overall this is a good summation of the successful assimilation of Cubans into—and their contributions to—American culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195124255
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: American Family Albums Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have published more than 50 books for children and adults and have been honored by the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Society for School Librarians International. They live in New York City.

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