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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

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

Melina Pappademos

University of North Carolina Press

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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