Book — 1 online resource (xiv, 270 pages) : illustrations. Digital: data file.
Introduction : making diaspora in the shadow of empire and Jim Crow
Forging diaspora in the midst of empire : the Tuskegee-Cuba connection
Un dios, un fin, un destino : enacting diaspora in the Garvey movement
Blues and son from Harlem to Havana
Destination without humiliation : Black travel within the routes of discrimination.
Documenting diaspora among neighbors Cuba's geographic proximity to the United States and its centrality to U.S. imperial designs following the War of 1898 led to the creation of a unique relationship between Afro-descended populations in the two countries. In "Forging Diaspora", Frank Andre Guridy shows 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. 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 people in Cuba and the United States came to identify themselves as part of a transcultural African diaspora. (source: Nielsen Book Data)