Cuba Reader History, Culture, Politics

ISBN-10: 0822331977
ISBN-13: 9780822331971
Edition: 2003
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 2/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.552

Cuba is often perceived in starkly black and white terms-either as the site of one of Latin America's most successful revolutions or as the repressive regime that is the world's last bastion of communism. The Cuba Reader multiplies perspectives on the nation many times over, presenting more than one hundred selections about Cuba's history, culture, and politics. Beginning with the first written account of the island, penned by Christopher Columbus in 1492, the selections assembled here track Cuban history from the colonial period through the ascendancy of Fidel Castro to the present.The Cuba Reader combines songs, paintings, photographs, poems, short stories, speeches, cartoons, government reports and proclamations, and pieces by historians, journalists, and others. Most of these are by Cubans both on and off the island and many appear for the first time in English. The writings and speeches of Jos Mart, Fernando Ortiz, Fidel Castro, Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Che Guevera, and Reinaldo Arenas appear alongside the testimonies of slaves, prostitutes, doctors, travelers, and activists. Some selections examine health, education, Catholicism, and santera; others celebrate Cuba's vibrant dance, music, film, and literary cultures. The pieces are grouped into chronological sections. Each section and individual selection is preceded by a brief introduction by the editors. The volume presents a number of pieces about twentieth-century Cuba, including the events leading up to and following Castro's January 1959 announcement of revolution. It provides a look at Cuba in relation to the rest of the world: the effect of its revolution on Latin America and the Caribbean, its alliance with the Soviet Union from the 1960s until the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989, and its tumultuous relationship with the United States. The Cuba Reader also describes life in the periodo especially following the cutoff of Soviet aid and the tightening of the U.S. embargo. For students, travelers, and all those who want to know more about the island nation just ninety miles south of Miami, The Cuba Reader is an invaluable introduction.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Indigenous Society and Conquest
Christopher Columbus "Discovers" Cuba
The Devastation of the Indies
Spanish Officials and Indigenous Resistance
A World Destroyed
"Transculturation" and Cuba
Survival Stories
Sugar, Slavery, and Colonialism
A Physician's Notes on Cuba
The Death of the Forest
Autobiography of a Slave
Biography of a Runaway Slave
Fleeing Slavery
Santiago de Cuba's Fugitive Slaves
Rumba
The Trade in Chinese Laborers
Life on a Coffee Plantation
Cuba's First Railroad
The Color Line
Abolition!
Cecilia Valdes
Sab
An Afro-Cuban Poet
The Struggle for Independence
Freedom and Slavery
Memories of a Cuban Girl
Jose Marti's "Our America"
Guantanamera
The Explosion of the Maine
U.S. Cartoonists Portray Cuba
The Devastation of Counterinsurgency
Neocolonialism
The Platt Amendment
Imperialism and Sanitation
A Child of the Platt Amendment
Spain in Cuba
The Independent Party of Color
A Survivor
Rachel's Song
Honest Women
Generals and Doctors
A Crucial Decade
Afrocubanismo and Son
Drums in My Eyes
Abakua
The First Wave of Cuban Feminism
Life at the Mill
Migrant Workers in the Sugar Industry
The Cuban Counterpoint
The Invasion of the Tourists
Waiting Tables in Havana
The Brothel of the Caribbean
A Prostitute Remembers
Sugarcane
Where Is Cuba Headed?
The Chase
The Fall of Machado
Sugar Mills and Soviets
The United States Confronts the 1933 Revolution
The Political Gangster
The United Fruit Company in Cuba
Cuba's Largest Inheritance
The Last Call
For Us, It is Always the 26th of July
Three Comandantes Talk It Over
History Will Absolve Me
Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War
The United States Rules Cuba, 1952-1958
The Cuban Story in the New York Times
Building a New Society
And Then Fidel Arrived
Tornado
Castro Announces the Revolution
How the Poor Got More
Fish a la Grande Jardiniere
Women in the Swamps
Man and Socialism
In the First of the Revolution
The Agrarian Revolution
1961: The Year of Education
The Literacy Campaign
The "Rehabilitation" of Prostitutes
The Family Code
Homosexuality, Creativity, Dissidence
The Original Sin
Where the Island Sleeps Like a Wing
Silence on Black Cuba
Black Man in Red Cuba
Post-modern Maroon in the Ultimate Palenque
From Utopianism to Institutionalization
Carlos Puebla Sings about the Economy
Culture and Revolution
Caliban
For an Imperfect Cinema
Dance and Social Change
Revolutionary Sport
Mea Cuba
In Hard Times
The Virgin of Charity of Cobre, Cuba's Patron Saint
A Conversation on Santeria and Palo Monte
The Catholic Church and the Revolution
Havana's Jewish Community
The Cuban Revolution and the World
The Venceremos Brigades
The Cuban Revolution and the New Left
The U.S. Government Responds to Revolution
Castro Calls on Cubans to Resist the Counterrevolution
Operation Mongoose
Offensive Missiles on That Imprisoned Island
Inconsolable Memories: A Cuban View of the Missile Crisis
The Assassination Plots
Cuban Refugee Children
From Welcomed Exiles to Illegal Immigrants
Wrong Channel
We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?
City on the Edge
Singing for Nicaragua
Cuban Medical Diplomacy
The "Periodo Especial" and the Future of the Revolution
Silvio Rodriguez Sings of the Special Period
From Communist Solidarity to Communist Solitary
The Revolution Turns Forty
Colonizing the Cuban Body
Pope John Paul II Speaks in Cuba
Emigration in the Special Period
The Old Man and the Boy
Civil Society
Forty Years Later
A Dissident Speaks Out
One More Assassination Plot
An Errand in Havana
No Turning Back for Johnny
Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgment of Copyrights
Index

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