Cubans In America: A Vibrant History of a People in Exile Alex Anton

ISBN: 9781575665931

Published: May 1st 2002

Hardcover

286 pages


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Cubans In America: A Vibrant History of a People in Exile  by  Alex Anton

Cubans In America: A Vibrant History of a People in Exile by Alex Anton
May 1st 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 286 pages | ISBN: 9781575665931 | 5.26 Mb

From Key West to New York City to Chicago and L.A., Cuban Americans have been a people searching for freedom, preserving the memories of the island they left behind, and determined to make their mark on their new country. This lavishly illustratedMoreFrom Key West to New York City to Chicago and L.A., Cuban Americans have been a people searching for freedom, preserving the memories of the island they left behind, and determined to make their mark on their new country. This lavishly illustrated volume conveys with photographs and powerful words, their roots, their struggles, and their distinctly Cuban voice.The story begins in the 16th century with the settlement of St.

Augustine, Florida, when a sophisticated island with its jewel city of Havana established its American links. Two centuries later, Cuba came to the aid of the young colonies by contributing soldiers and money to the American Revolution. For Cubans, America would soon become a place of refuge from political struggle that originated with the first exodus in the 1920s when the island sought freedom from Spain.In the twentieth century, new refugees fleeing Castros regime brought an unmistakably Cuban flavor to Miami and points north up the Eastern seaboard, including Union City, New Jersey.

The Bay of Pigs invasion, the Mariel boatlift, and Washingtons changing strategies in dealing with Castro brought defeat and betrayal to these exiles, but also new hope for freedom and democracy in their beloved island.Here are the stories of the heroes and celebrities of the past and the present: poet Miguel Teurbe Tolon, who designed the Cuban flag while in New York- Jose Marti, the Father of Cuban independence, who mobilized thousands of cigar makers in New York, Tampa and Key West to fight against the colonial rule of their homeland- entertainers Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia- Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Oscar Hijuelos- baseball stars Orlando El Duque Hernandez andJose Canseco- the late chairman of Coca Cola, Roberto Goizueta- Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos- and Elian Gonzalez.

But the book is also a testament to the ordinary people -- shopkeepers, factory workers, artists, teachers -- whose lives and work and passion contributed to making the Cuban American community what it is today.Cubans in America -- documented and told by two Cuban Americans -- is a breath-taking panorama of one people touching two worlds.



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