This chapter explores the changes created by market forces, economic expansion, and increased consumption that impacted the daily lives of Cubans all across the island. The chapter shows how the increasing sense of Cuban identity led to a growing estrangement with Spain that would result in the inevitable dissolution of colonial rule. The chapter also highlights the increasing presence of women in public life, along with their growing sense of agency. The chapter specifically looks at the increase of women as writers and readers, a means through which new social concepts were spread. The chapter ends by returning to the fan and its role in the evolving social structures and changing gender norms.
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