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Sugar, cigars, and revolution : the making of Cuban New York

Author: Lisandro Pérez
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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More than one hundred years before the Cuban Revolution of 1959 sparked an exodus that created today's prominent Cuban American presence, Cubans were settling in New York City in what became largest community of Latin Americans in the nineteenth-century Northeast. This book brings this community to vivid life, tracing its formation and how it was shaped by both the sugar trade and the long struggle for independence
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisandro Pérez
ISBN: 9780814767276 0814767273
OCLC Number: 1001431388
Description: vii, 399 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, 1 map, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: New York stories --
Part I. Sugar: 1823-1868 --
The port --
Exiles, sojourners, and annexationists --
An emerging community and a rising activism --
Part II. War: 1868-1895 --
War and exodus --
Cuban New York in the 1870s --
Waging a war in Cuba ... and in New York --
The aftermath of war and a changed community --
José Martí, New Yorker --
Epilogue: "Martí should not have died."
Other Titles: Making of Cuban New York
Responsibility: Lisandro Pérez.

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More than one hundred years before the Cuban Revolution of 1959 sparked an exodus that created today's prominent Cuban American presence, Cubans were settling in New York City in what became largest community of Latin Americans in the nineteenth-century Northeast. This book brings this community to vivid life, tracing its formation and how it was shaped by both the sugar trade and the long struggle for independence from Spain. New York City's refineries bought vast quantities of raw sugar from Cuba, ultimately creating an important center of commerce for Cuban émigrés as the island tumbled into the tumultuous decades that would close out the century and define Cuban nationhood and identity.

"New York became the primary destination for Cuban émigrés in search of an education, opportunity, wealth, to start a new life or forget an old one, to evade royal authority, plot a revolution, experience freedom, or to buy and sell goods. While many of their stories ended tragically, others were steeped in heroism and sacrifice, and still others in opportunism and mendacity. Lisandro Pérez beautifully weaves together all these stories, showing the rise of a vibrant and influential community"--Dust jacket.

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A riveting history of exile and migration. More than a century before the rise of Miami, New York City was home to a vibrant transnational Cuban community. Its members lived in the city, using it to Read more...

 
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