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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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Conclusion Republican Politics and the Exigencies of Blackness

Conclusion Republican Politics and the Exigencies of Blackness

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(p.223) Conclusion Republican Politics and the Exigencies of Blackness
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Black Political Activism and the Cuban Republic
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Melina Pappademos

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807869178_pappademos.11

This book concludes with the argument that a narrative of republican black activism must draw on alternative watersheds. Arguably, a black activist atlas would include, among many other salient actions: the 1902 Veterans and Societies of Color mobilization for greater black representation in the civil service sector; the 1906 August Revolution, which confirmed the decisive importance of black participation in national political conflicts; the 1912 Race War, which violently demonstrated just how little tolerance dominant political parties had for challenges to their supremacy; the 1917 founding of the elite black Club Atenas, the result of increasingly intimate ties between black politicians and dominant political parties; the 1933 Revolution, which undermined the authority of traditional political elites, reconfigured the profile of national political activism, and introduced alternative black political voices to the public sphere; and Batista's 1943 declaration that he would subsidize black civic groups, a strategy that institutionalized formal patronage relations between black clubs and the national administration.

Keywords:   republican black activism, alternative watersheds, black activist atlas, 1906 August Revolution, 1912 Race War

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