Not blacks, but citizens!: racial politics in revolutionary Cuba, 1959-1961 Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Benson, Devyn Spence
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
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  • My project shows how the post-1959 Cuban revolutionary government highlighted racial conflicts to undermine counterrevolutionary movements and solicit support from Afro-Cubans. Using a variety of sources, including Cuban newspapers, government speeches, and photographs, my dissertation reveals how the new leadership publicly discussed the problems facing people of color, an issue frequently silenced by Cuba's accepted ideology of racial democracy. As with any government sponsored project, however, many Afro-Cubans interpreted the new racialized discourse in ways that went beyond official pronouncements. Thus, I analyze testimonios and oral histories from Afro-Cubans to uncover the ways people of color contributed to and challenged the new leadership's claims over racial politics.
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  • Pérez, Louis A.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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