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Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (Envisioning Cuba) Paperback – May 15, 2010

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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 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

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

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

[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 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


Guridy makes the important argument that African Americans and Afro-Cubans fought for national inclusion while at the same time engaging in a diaspora network. His analysis is fresh, offering new readings and interpretations of Tuskegee, the Universal Negro Improvement Association, the black renaissances of the 1920s and 1930s, and black travel/tourist networks. This is a fabulous book.--Lisa Brock, coeditor of Between Race and Empire: African-Americans and Cubans Before the Cuban Revolution

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

A masterful work of transnational history, Frank Guridy's bold yet carefully crafted study of black struggles in Cuba and the U.S. will compel all of us to rethink the history of racial politics and black nationalism in the Western Hemisphere.--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original


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Product Details

  • Series: Envisioning Cuba
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807871036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807871034
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliantly, well-researched and written text. It was the main book I used for my Study Abroad summer school course in Cuba.
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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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