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Black Political Activism and the Cuban Republic$
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Melina Pappademos

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834909

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869178_pappademos

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“Political Changüí”

“Political Changüí”

Race, Culture, and Politics in the Early Republic

(p.17) Chapter One “Political Changüí”
Black Political Activism and the Cuban Republic

Melina Pappademos

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the editorial that ran on the polemical Havana daily La Lucha, which was derisively titled “Changui Politico.” The piece ridiculed ranking Republican Party activists in the capital busily campaigning for the island's first-ever general elections, to be held later that year in December. Havana's Republican Party, representing white and some black Liberation Army leaders and their supporters, was one of several, disparate, Republican Party organizations dotting the island and competing against each other for political office. Rather than campaign nationally, as one, united Republican Party, these early party organizations were locked in contentious battle with one another, each founded under the aegis of a different, locally or regionally powerful cacique or political boss.

Keywords:   La Lucha, Changui Politico, Republican Party activists, general elections, cacique, political boss

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