1st Edition

Social Struggle and Civil Society in Nineteenth Century Cuba

Edited By Richard E. Morris Copyright 2023
    186 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    Richard E. Morris

    1. Transformations of the Cuban Plantation System and the Transatlantic Slave Trade during the Long Nineteenth Century

    William C. Van Norman, Jr.

    2. Tobacco in the Age of Cuba’s Second Slavery

    William A. Morgan

    3. A Racial Economy of Care: Incarceration, Labor Extraction, and Charity in Cuba’s Nineteenth-Century Slave Society

    Bonnie A. Lucero

    4. Breaking Chains: Resistance, Freedom, and the End of Chinese Indentured Labor in Cuba

    Benjamín N. Narváez

    5. Cuban Industrial Development and Its Heritage

    Ilka Pell Delgado

    6. Dreams and Nightmares in the Planter’s Metropolis

    Asiel Sepúlveda

    7. Bullfights, Cockfights, and Other Evils: Origins of the "Cuba Threat" in U.S. Travel Literature

    Richard E. Morris


    Richard E. Morris is 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.