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Author Mirabal, Nancy Raquel, 1966- author
Title Suspect freedoms : the racial and sexual politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1957 / Nancy Raquel Mirabal
Imprint New York : New York University Press, [2017]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  F128.9.C97 M57 2017    AVAILABLE    30610020527230
Descript xiii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
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Series Culture, labor, history series
Culture, labor, history
Note "Also available as an ebook"--Title page verso
"Beginning in the early nineteenth century, Cubans migrated to New York City to organize and protest against Spanish colonial rule. While revolutionary wars raged in Cuba, expatriates envisioned, dissected, and redefined meanings of independence and nationhood. An underlying element was the concept of Cubanidad, a shared sense of what it meant to be Cuban. Deeply influenced by discussions of slavery, freedom, masculinity, and United States imperialism, the question of what and who constituted 'being Cuban' remained in flux and often, suspect. The first book to explore Cuban racial and sexual politics in New York during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Suspect Freedoms chronicles the largely unexamined and often forgotten history of more than a hundred years of Cuban exile, migration, diaspora, and community formation. Nancy Raquel Mirabal delves into the rich cache of primary sources, archival documents, literary texts, club records, newspapers, photographs, and oral histories to write what Michel Rolph Trouillot has termed an 'unthinkable history.' Situating this pivotal era within larger theoretical discussions of potential, future, visibility, and belonging, Mirabal shows how these transformations complicated meanings of territoriality, gender, race, power, and labor. She argues that slavery, nation, and the fear that Cuba would become 'another Haiti' were critical in the making of early diasporic Cubanidades, and documents how, by the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Afro-Cubans were authors of their own experiences; organizing movements, publishing texts, and establishing important political, revolutionary, and social clubs. Meticulously documented and deftly crafted, Suspect Freedoms unravels a nuanced and vital history"--From publisher's website
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-294) and index
Introduction: Diasporic histories and archival hauntings -- Rhetorical geographies : annexation, fear, and the impossibility of Cuban diasporic whiteness, 1840-1868 -- "With painful interest" : the Ten Years' War, masculinity, and the politics of revolutionary Blackness, 1865-1898 -- In darkest anonymity : labor, revolution, and the uneasy visibility of Afro-Cubans in New York, 1880-1901 -- Orphan politics : race, migration, and the trouble with "new" colonialisms, 1898-1945 -- Monumental desires and defiant tributes : Antonio Maceo and the early history of El Club Cubano Inter-Americano, 1945-1957 -- Epilogue
Subject Cubans -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century
Cubans -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century
Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Exiles -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Cubans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Ethnic identity -- History
Blacks -- Race identity -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Race -- Political aspects -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
Sex -- Political aspects -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
New York (N.Y.) -- Ethnic relations -- History
New York (N.Y.) -- Race relations -- History
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