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Black Histories in Cuba and Its Diaspora (December 2016): Race and Revolution in Cuba

by Bonnie A. Lucero

Race and Revolution in Cuba

Scholarship on the period from 1959 until today largely coalesces around the question of the extent to which the Cuban Revolution resolved racial inequality. Certainly, the prevailing view has been that the revolution ended racism in Cuba, a view articulated in early North American accounts of the period, including Harry Ring’s How Cuba Uprooted Race Discrimination, published just two years later. Yet, some scholars have called this romantic narrative into question, exposing the persistence of racial discrimination well after Fidel Castro triumphantly declared it abolished in the 1960s. Scholarship on Cuba since the economic collapse provoked by the disintegration of the Soviet Union has focused on the myriad forms of activism developed by non-white communities in Cuba and its diaspora.

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