The Cuban Americans

Overview

The 1959 overthrow of Cuba's dictator, Fulgencio Batista, by the forces of Fidel Castro unleashed a wave of emigration. Most who left the island nation-which lies just 90 miles from Key West, Florida - headed for the United States. And, because Castro was a Communist who repressed Cuba's more prosperous citizens, the Cubans who arrived in the United States in the first years of the Castro regime came primarily from the upper and middle classes. Later, however, Cubans from all socioeconomic groups sought to escape...
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Overview

The 1959 overthrow of Cuba's dictator, Fulgencio Batista, by the forces of Fidel Castro unleashed a wave of emigration. Most who left the island nation-which lies just 90 miles from Key West, Florida - headed for the United States. And, because Castro was a Communist who repressed Cuba's more prosperous citizens, the Cubans who arrived in the United States in the first years of the Castro regime came primarily from the upper and middle classes. Later, however, Cubans from all socioeconomic groups sought to escape their country's harsh government - often by making the perilous journey across the Straits of Florida in makeshift boats. In 1980, Castro allowed more than 125,000 citizens to leave Cuba from the port city of Mariel, adding to the already-large Cuban-American population in south Florida.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422206065
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Major American Immigration Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: America's Ethnic Heritage Barry Moreno 7

1 A Family's Flight from Cuba 11

2 Marisol's Family in Cuba 19

3 How Cubans Came to North America 31

4 Where They Settled 39

5 Types of Work and How They Lived 45

6 Exile vs. Immigrant vs. Citizen 51

Famous Cuban Immigrants 54

Immigration Figures 57

Glossary 58

Further Reading 60

Internet Resources 61

Index 62

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