Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Oct 12, 2005 - History - 288 pages
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In the late nineteenth century, in an age of ascendant racism and imperial expansion, there emerged in Cuba a movement that unified black, mulatto, and white men in an attack on Europe's oldest empire, with the goal of creating a nation explicitly defined as antiracist. This book tells the story of the thirty-year unfolding and undoing of that movement.

Ada Ferrer examines the participation of black and mulatto Cubans in nationalist insurgency from 1868, when a slaveholder began the revolution by freeing his slaves, until the intervention of racially segregated American forces in 1898. In so doing, she uncovers the struggles over the boundaries of citizenship and nationality that their participation brought to the fore, and she shows that even as black participation helped sustain the movement ideologically and militarily, it simultaneously prompted accusations of race war and fed the forces of counterinsurgency.

Carefully examining the tensions between racism and antiracism contained within Cuban nationalism, Ferrer paints a dynamic portrait of a movement built upon the coexistence of an ideology of racial fraternity and the persistence of presumptions of hierarchy.


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User Review  - behemothing - LibraryThing

Besides being a useful and very readable overview of the Cuban revolution(s), Ferrer provides a compelling argument about the centrality of race and nationality for understanding not only the revolution itself but also its legacy. Excellent use of primary docs. Read full review

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User Review  - Scapegoats - LibraryThing

A great examination of the connections between race and nationalism in Cuban Revolution at the end of the 19th century. Ferrer looks at the entire 30 years of revolution. It began with a white slave ... Read full review


Introduction A Revolution the World Forgot
Part I War
Part II Peace
Part III War Again
Epilogue and Prologue Race Nation and Empire

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Ada Ferrer teaches Latin American and Caribbean history at New York University.

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