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A Cultural History of Cuba during the U.S. Occupation, 1898–1902$
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Marial Iglesias Utset

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833988

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877845_iglesias_utset

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The Socialization of Symbols Representing the Idea of Country

The Socialization of Symbols Representing the Idea of Country

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(p.100) Five The Socialization of Symbols Representing the Idea of Country
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A Cultural History of Cuba during the U.S. Occupation, 1898–1902
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Marial Iglesias Utset

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877845_iglesias_utset.10

This chapter argues that the “war after the war,” which centered on inventing a national community in the midst of the problematic circumstances “between empires,” was not waged solely by educated groups. This chapter endeavors to go beyond the horizon of activities pursued by the intellectual and political class and explore how common people, the majority of them illiterate, took part in this conflict over symbols. Lacking education, social advantage, or wealth, and thus finding closed to them the traditional avenues of making speeches in elite political forums or arguing ideas through written contributions in the press, thousands of unknown Cubans participated in the symbolic construction of the nation on a more visceral level, taking part in rallies, marches, and impromptu street gatherings where they made their feelings known, collectively, through chants, cries, and gestures.

Keywords:   war, national community, educated groups, political class, common people

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