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Revolution Is for the ChildrenThe Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959-1962$
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Anita Casavantes Bradford

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469611525

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611525.001.0001

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Childhood and Civil Society in Revolutionary Cuba

Childhood and Civil Society in Revolutionary Cuba

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Revolution Is for the Children

Anita Casavantes Bradford

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how representations of childhood played a key role in establishing the ideological prerequisites for a radicalization process that took material form in an ambitious agrarian reform law, the politicization of education, and the nationalization of foreign and domestic banks and industries by the summer of 1960. Castro's radicalizing politics of childhood also laid the groundwork for a massive middle-class exodus from the island and spurred the emergence of a Counterrevolution, organized around its own politics of childhood, that far exceeded earlier Batistiano efforts to topple the regime.

Keywords:   Castro government, Cuban civil society, children, radicalization, middle class, counterrevolution

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