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Author Hoffnung-Garskof, Jesse, 1971- author
Title Racial migrations : New York City and the revolutionary politics of the Spanish Caribbean, 1850-1902 / Jesse E. Hoffnung-Garskof
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2019]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  F128.9.A1 H711 2019    AVAILABLE    30530001333830
Descript xv, 369 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Prologue: radial lines -- Beginnings -- The public square -- Community -- Convergence -- Crossing -- Victory? -- Endings
"In the late nineteenth century, a small group of Cubans and Puerto Ricans of African descent settled in the segregated tenements of New York City. At an immigrant educational society in Greenwich Village, these early Afro-Latino New Yorkers taught themselves to be poets, journalists, and revolutionaries. At the same time, these individuals--including Rafael Serra, a cigar maker, writer, and politician; Sotero Figueroa, a typesetter, editor, and publisher; and Gertrudis Heredia, one of the first women of African descent to study midwifery at the University of Havana--built a political network and articulated an ideal of revolutionary nationalism centered on the projects of racial and social justice. These efforts were critical to the poet and diplomat Jos Mart'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 Cuban Republic. In Racial Migrations, Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof presents a vivid portrait of these largely forgotten migrant revolutionaries, weaving together their experiences of migrating while black, their relationships with African American civil rights leaders, and their evolving participation in nationalist political movements. By placing Afro-Latino New Yorkers at the center of the story, Hoffnung-Garskof offers a new interpretation of the revolutionary politics of the Spanish Caribbean, including the idea that Cuba could become a nation without racial divisions. A model of transnational and comparative research, Racial Migrations reveals the complexities of race-making within migrant communities and the power of small groups of immigrants to transform their home societies."-- Publisher's description
Subject Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York
Latin Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- Intellectual life
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century
New York (N.Y.) -- Race relations -- 19th century
Alt Title New York City and the revolutionary politics of the Spanish Caribbean, 1850-1902
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