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Our Rightful Share: The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality, 1886-1912 Hardcover – February 20, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 375 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (February 20, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807821845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807821848
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,488,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Our Rightful Share" represents admirably exhaustive research, excellent analysis, and impressively balanced conclusions.Franklin W. Knight, The Johns Hopkins University --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Aline Helg's assiduously researched study based on archives in Cuba, Spain, and France is one of the first substantive works in English on this topic.--The Historian

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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "fernandoreals" on September 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Aline Helg does an excellent job of outlining for her readers the conditions in Cuba, 1886-1912, which became the foundation for the rise and fall of the Partido Independiente de Color en Cuba. This organization, among the first Black parties in the new world, is a vital part of the historty of cuba as well as the history of africans in the americas. The book is written in a clear and concise form that makes it easy to grasp/follow and enjoyable, while simultaneously being highly informative. Helg's book is the answer for those interested in this segment of history and its implication on race in contemporary Cuba. It is the only answer for spanish-impaired folks who do not have access to Tomas Fernandez Robaina's El Negro en Cuba until it is translated. Enjoy the read, Prof. T.R.L. Patterson's students at SUNY Binghamton sure did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Angus on April 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book gives superb and nuanced analysis of race relations in cuba and afro-cubans struggle for their "rightful share" of their nation i.e. treatment and opportunities equal to whites. On top of that, the book is a good read. The author provides ample information using many primary sources, and sets the record straight on the so-called "race war" in cuba. It's one of the most nuanced and intelligent analyses of race relations I have ever read and it was written by a white woman.
Now, I would like to address the previous reviewer who said the author has a "flawed marxist" interpretation of the events in the book. That reviewer obviously does not know jack about marxism (which doesn't guide this book at all) and he is prejudiced. If the author were marxist then she would not deal with afro-cuban struggles in terms of race but instead in terms of class, which is what marxists do. And, in fact, in communist Cuba today if you talk about race discrimination openly you may get in trouble because according to the gov't the communist revolution ended racism. Further, the reviewer is prejudiced because he repeats the racist propaganda going around in cuba in the early 1900's i.e. the Independientes de Color were trying to overthrow the gov't to oppress whites (the reviewer actually says to ethnically cleanse whites). Read this excellent book and let the author's info and analysis speak for itself.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Daley on October 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
*Aline Helg 1995 Our rightful share: the Afro-Cuban struggle for equality, 1886-1912/ The University of North Carolina Press ISBN-10 0807844942, ISBN-13 978-080784494

I view this book as badly flawed, and accepts far too readily the present propaganda of the Castro government, exaggerates casualties, and minimizes the terror that these "Partido de Independientes de Color" inflicted on the Cuba population Black, White and Brown in their efforts to ethnically clean the area so that they could set up an independent state. It completely rejects or ignores the mixed race composition of the Cuban armed forces (including its leadership). In all probability a more rational measure of casualties the death toll was probably closer to 300 than the quoted thousands.

Although the repression was abhorrent, still one has to understand the anger that most Cubans felt at this attempt by those mainly of Haitian descent to destroy what had cost so much Cuban blood in the then recent Wars of Independence. A more balanced presentation of these sad events is needed.
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