The Revolution Is for the Children
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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This book has been a collaborative effort. Almost ten years ago at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, Richard Hartwig and Nirmal Goswami encouraged me to begin thinking seriously about the politics of childhood in Cuban history. Since then, I have been fortunate to enjoy their continued...
Introduction: The Politics of Childhood in Cuba’s Revolution and Exile
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Since 1959, the Castro regime has based its legitimacy on the assertion of a unique moral imperative, expressed in the slogan “La Revolución es para los niños [The Revolution is for the children].” This highly normative claim alludes most directly to early revolutionary successes in providing...
1. For the Children: José Martí and the Politics of Cuban Childhood, 1898–1958
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While living in exile in New York City in 1892, José Martí—poet, journalist, pedagogue, and revolutionary father of the Cuban nation—published an essay titled “Nuestra América.” The now classic text is an eloquent statement of Latin American nationalist aspirations, offering an impassioned...
2. ¿La Revolución—es Para los Niños?,: The Politics of Childhood and the Origins of Dissent in Revolutionary Cuba
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When the Batistato, as the Batista regime was known, fell on New Year’s Day 1959, 500 members of the nation’s military and political elite immediately fled the country. Otherwise, the news provoked an immense outpouring of joy.1 Cubans of all races and social classes, in rural and...
3. Childhood and Civil Society in Revolutionary Cuba
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By mid-1959, Fidel Castro had successfully deployed an evolving politics of childhood to limit Cubans’ access to political decision making. At the same time, the Revolution launched a similarly child-centered campaign to appropriate the resources and moral capital still residing in the island’s...
4. Children, Radicalization, and the Cuban Counterrevolution
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Between 1960 and 1961, childhood emerged as one of the primary sites of struggle in which the forces of Revolution and an emerging Counterrevolution battled to determine Cuba’s destiny. As the Castro government implemented increasingly radical economic and social policies, officials...
5. Our Cuban Visitors,: Immigration, Race, and the Cold War Politics of Childhood in Miami, 1959–1961
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During the first months of 1960, as Fidel Castro pursued a strategic new relationship with the Soviet Union, relations between the United States and Cuba deteriorated from distrust to open hostility. As the U.S. government began to explore covert operations to depose the Castro regime, officials...
6. To Save Our Children,: The Politics of Childhood in the Anti-Castro Struggle, 1959–1962
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Between 1959 and 1962, a politically and socioeconomically diverse group of Cuban refugees launched the anti-Castro movement that they hoped would quickly topple the Revolution and allow them to return home as triumphant redeemers of the republic. However, weakened by political...
Epilogue: Understanding Elián,: The Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959–2000
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After the October 1962 Missile Crisis, the survival of the island’s socialist Revolution was assured. This newfound certainty freed the Castro regime to focus on preparing the new generation for citizenship in a future communist society. At the same time, Miami exiles dedicated themselves to...
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Publication Year: 2014