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Social Struggle and Civil Society in Nineteenth Century Cuba

Edited By

Richard E. Morris

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ISBN 9780367724139
March 10, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection of research from Cuba scholars explores key conflicts, episodes, currents, and tensions that helped shape Cuba as a modern, independent nation.

Cuba in the nineteenth century was characterized by social struggle. Slavery, Spanish colonial rule, and racial tension permeated every corner of Cuban life—from urban dwelling to house of charity, from sugarcane field to tobacco vega, from seaport to railway—and furnished a lively spectacle for the privileged foreigner gazing upon Cuba from afar. Chapters discuss topics including slavery, gendered forced labor, indentured labor, agricultural economics, industrial development, newspaper and print culture, and the origins of the "Cuba Threat." The volume links key aspects of Cuba’s history, such as social conflict and economic underdevelopment, to present a detailed analysis of Cuban civil society in the 1800s.

Social Struggle and Civil Society in Nineteenth Century Cuba appeals to general readers and scholars in a range of disciplines, including history, women’s studies, economics, architectural preservation, media studies, and literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Transformations of the Cuban Plantation System and the Transatlantic Slave Trade During the Long Nineteenth Century  2. Tobacco in the Age of Cuba’s Second Slavery  3. A Racial Economy of Care: Incarceration, Labor Extraction, and Charity in Cuba’s Nineteenth-Century Slave Society  4. Breaking Chains: Resistance, Freedom, and the End of Chinese Indentured Labor in Cuba  5. Cuban Industrial Development and Its Heritage  6. Dreams and Nightmares in the Planter's Metropolis  7. Bullfights, Cockfights, and Other Evils: Origins of the "Cuba Threat" in U.S. Travel Literature

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Richard E. Morris is a professor of Spanish at Middle Tennessee State University. His research spans a range of topics, including Spanish dialectology, the geopolitics of sugarcane, and the development of U.S. tourism in Cuba. His documentary Milton Hershey’s Cuba was a selection of the 2016 Culture Unplugged Film Festival.