Racial Migrations: New York City and the Revolutionary Politics of the Spanish Caribbean, 1st Edition

  • Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof
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  • ISBN-10: 0691185751
  • ISBN-13: 9780691185750
  • DDC: 305.800974
  • 408 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released October 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title describes the gripping history of Afro-Latino migrants who conspired to overthrow a colonial monarchy, end slavery, and secure full citizenship in their homelands. In the late 19th century, a small group of Cubans and Puerto Ricans of African descent settled in segregated tenements in New York City. At an immigrant educational society, they taught themselves to be poets, journalists, and revolutionaries, and built a political network and articulated an ideal of revolutionary nationalism centered on racial and social justice. These efforts were critical to poet/diplomat José Martí’s writings about race and his bid for leadership among Cuban exiles, and to the later struggle to create space for black political participation in the Cuba. By placing Afro-Latino New Yorkers at the center of the story, this book offers a new interpretation of the revolutionary politics of the Spanish Caribbean, including the idea that Cuba could become a nation without racial divisions.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Cast of Characters.
Racial Migrations.
Prologue: Radial Lines.
1: Beginnings.
2: The Public Square.
3: Community.
4: Convergence.
5: Crossing.
6: Victory?.
A Note on Sources.