More Than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa Susan D. Greenbaum

ISBN: 9780813027470

Published: June 30th 2002

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400 pages


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More Than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa  by  Susan D. Greenbaum

More Than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa by Susan D. Greenbaum
June 30th 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 400 pages | ISBN: 9780813027470 | 4.74 Mb

This engaging ethnography follows Cuban exiles from Jose Martis revolution to the Jim Crow South in Tampa, Florida, as they shape an Afro-Cuban-American identity over a span of five generations. Unlike most studies of the Cuban exodus to the UnitedMoreThis engaging ethnography follows Cuban exiles from Jose Martis revolution to the Jim Crow South in Tampa, Florida, as they shape an Afro-Cuban-American identity over a span of five generations. Unlike most studies of the Cuban exodus to the United States, which focus on the white, middle-class, conservative exiles from Castros Cuba, More Than Black is peopled with Afro-Cubans of more modest means and more liberal ideology.

Fifteen years of collaboration between the author and members of Tampas century-old Marti-Maceo Society, a mutual-aid and Cuban independence group, yield a work that combines the intimacy of ethnography with the reach of oral and archival history. Its weave of rich historical and ethnographic materials re-creates and examines the developing community of black immigrants in Ybor City and West Tampa, the old cigar-making neighborhoods of the city.

It is a story of unfolding consequences that begins when the black and white solidarity of emigrating Cubans comes up against Jim Crow racism and progresses through a painful renegotiation of allegiances and identities. Building on Martis declaration that being Cuban was more than white, more than black, this study views, from the vantage of a community unique in time and place, the joint effects of ethnicity and gender in shaping racial identities. Photographs of individuals, families, and events, both historical and contemporary, complement the highly readable text



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