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

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A companion volume to the TV documentary film presents a moving glimpse into four centuries of Cubans, who have profoundly impacted their adopted county, from the sixteenth century when the city of Havana established a relationship with America, to the present day, profiling such noted Cubans as Oscar Hijuelos, Gloria Estefan, and Jeff Bezos. 50,000 first printing.

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Although the number of Cubans in America grew exponentially in 1959, it was by no means the first significant influx from the island, according to the authors of this inviting account of Cuban Americans. Rather, the history of Cubans living in America began as early as the sixteenth century, when both Florida and Cuba were Spanish territories. Columbus, de Soto, and countless other explorers found a connection between the two would-be countries, and no dictator has been able to sever the ties completely in the island's 100 years of independence. That independence was won with the help of Cuban American soldiers, in fact, who went back to their homeland to help in the revolution. Anton and Hernandez trace the growth of the Cuban American population, tied at all times to the political climate in Cuba; sometimes Cubans came as immigrants, but more often they came in exile. Lots of photographs and sidebars help make this brief history interesting and easy to read. Mary Frances Wilkens
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Southern ActivistsFrom 19th century abolitionist Gaspar Betancourt Cisneros to six-year-old castaway Eli n Gonz lez, Cubans in America: A Vibrant History of a People in Exile traces the fortunes of the island's millions of emigrants to the U.S. Beginning with the first Cuban settlements in the 15th century, filmmaker Alex Anton and journalist Roger E. Hernandez explore the upheavals in Cuba that brought refugees north, as well as the social and political life of the exiles in the U.S. About half of this concise, illustrated history is devoted to events after the 1959 revolution, with spotlights on Ricky Ricardo, Gloria Estefan and other Cuban celebrities, athletes, businessmen and politicians.
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