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Forging Diaspora
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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. Guridy explores the unique relationship between Afro-descended populations in Cuba and the United States, demonstrating 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. 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents/Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Making Diaspora in the Shadow of Empire and Jim Crow
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1 Forging Diaspora in the Midst of Empire: The Tuskegee-Cuba Connection
  2. pp. 17-60
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  1. 2 Un Dios, Un Fin, Un Destino: Enacting Diaspora in the Garvey Movement
  2. pp. 61-106
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  1. 3 Blues and Son from Harlem to Havana
  2. pp. 107-150
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  1. 4 Destination without Humiliation: Black Travel within the Routes of Discrimination
  2. pp. 151-193
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-233
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 235-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-270
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  1. Further Reading
  2. p. 271
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