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Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (Envisioning Cuba) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Andre Guridy
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Cuba's geographic proximity to the United States and its centrality to U.S. imperial designs following the War of 1898 led to the creation of a unique relationship between Afro-descended populations in the two countries. In Forging Diaspora, Frank Andre Guridy shows that the cross-national relationships nurtured by Afro-Cubans and black Americans helped to shape the political strategies of both groups as they attempted to overcome a shared history of oppression and enslavement.

Drawing on archival sources in both countries, Guridy traces four encounters between Afro-Cubans and African Americans. These hidden histories of cultural interaction--of Cuban students attending Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute, the rise of Garveyism, the Havana-Harlem cultural connection during the Harlem Renaissance and Afro-Cubanism movement, and the creation of black travel networks during the Good Neighbor and early Cold War eras--illustrate the significance of cross-national linkages to the ways both Afro-descended populations negotiated the entangled processes of U.S. imperialism and racial discrimination. As a result of these relationships, argues Guridy, Afro-descended peoples in Cuba and the United States came to identify themselves as part of a transcultural African diaspora.

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While this will be a welcome text in history courses that emphasize black diaspora theory and research methodology, it is also certain to spark exciting discussions in advanced undergraduate and graduate seminars in interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies and Latin American studies.--The Americas

An impressive effort to unmask the long history of relations between the peoples of the United States and Cuba.--Essays In History

This is a book that makes me respect the work of historians on the subject of African-descended populations in the Americas. . . [It] expands our understanding of relations between and among African-descended people in the Western Hemisphere. --Journal of African American History

A work that will have significant relevance for a number of fields….The book should be required reading for scholars studying the African diaspora….It is written in a clear, accessible style, …easy for instructors to incorporate individual chapters into syllabi for undergraduate courses." --Journal of American History

A fascinating study. . . . Guridy has selected four exemplary moments in U.S. and Cuban republican history. . . . Will encourage readers to explore more deeply by demonstrating that substantial understanding of any one of these topics requires a better understanding of the others.--H-Net Reviews

[Guridy's] conceptualization of this African diaspora. . . [helps us to] understand how Afro-descendants created an identity that both inserted them into larger cultural and political networks, and at the same time helped them in their fights for national political rights.--Caribbean Studies

A groundbreaking study in black transnational history. This book will be required reading for students concerned with the African diaspora, southern U.S. history, and black community building during the twentieth century.--Journal of Southern History


In this fundamental book, Guridy painstakingly reconstructs for the first time how, in a world shaped by U.S. imperial interests and racist ideologies, black activists in the United States and Cuba created networks of cooperation and support. This is African Diaspora history at its best.--Alejandro de la Fuente, University of Pittsburgh

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  • File Size: 993 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0807833614
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044KLUT2
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4.0 out of 5 stars New vital information between us! June 6, 2010
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First and foremsot, I'd would like to thank the author of this book, "Forging Diaspora," with revealing much informative information in the relationship that we,as "African Caribbean" (particularly Cuban) & African Americans, shared in the struggle for respectable citizenship, and equitable treatment of all humans rights.
However, I wonder "why" much of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey campaign of "self economic, self help etc..,' is not mention that some of the population of Cuba (who were of African descent), is not mentioned by other African American scholar's and activist, as a unit as part of the of inclusion in their struggle. Yes, many of African Caribbean Cubans, spoke Spanish. But that was not a fault of theirs, just as African American, speak English. It is not a fault of theirs, neither.

However, as a protagonist to disambiguate our identity as a population of African descent. I am recommending, the term of "Afro Cuban or Afro this-or-that, can now be alternated as "African Caribbean." It will not deracinate from one's birth terrain. But rather, it will coalesce with others from the Caribbean (as well as from Central & South America) as 'one of African descend, no matter what European language we may speak (which also includes English).
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