288 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 14 illus., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7103-4
Published: May 2010
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-9597-9
Published: May 2010
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Awards & distinctions
2011 Wesley-Logan Prize, American Historical Association
2009-2010 Elsa Goveia Book Prize, Association of Caribbean Historians
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 peoples in Cuba and the United States came to identify themselves as part of a transcultural African diaspora.
About the Author
Frank Andre Guridy is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin.
For more information about Frank Andre Guridy, visit the Author Page.
"A fascinating study. . . . Guridy has selected four exemplary moments in U.S. and Cuban republican history. . . . Will encourage readers to explore more deeply by demonstrating that substantial understanding of any one of these topics requires a better understanding of the others."--H-Net Reviews
“A work that will have significant relevance for a number of fields….The book should be required reading for scholars studying the African diaspora….It is written in a clear, accessible style, …easy for instructors to incorporate individual chapters into syllabi for undergraduate courses.” --Journal of American History
“A groundbreaking study in black transnational history. This book will be required reading for students concerned with the African diaspora, southern U.S. history, and black community building during the twentieth century.”--Journal of Southern History
“While this will be a welcome text in history courses that emphasize black diaspora theory and research methodology, it is also certain to spark exciting discussions in advanced undergraduate and graduate seminars in interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies and Latin American studies.”--The Americas
“An impressive effort to unmask the long history of relations between the peoples of the United States and Cuba.”--Essays In History
“This is a book that makes me respect the work of historians on the subject of African-descended populations in the Americas. . . [It] expands our understanding of relations between and among African-descended people in the Western Hemisphere. ”--Journal of African American History
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Watch: Guridy talks to Prof. Joan Neuberger for the Not Even Past video series produced by the history department of the University of Texas at Austin.