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Rhythms of RaceCuban Musicians and the Making of Latino New York City and Miami, 1940-1960$
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Christina D. Abreu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620848

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620848.001.0001

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Cuban Musicians and New York City’s Cuban Social Clubs

Cuban Musicians and New York City’s Cuban Social Clubs

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(p.56) 2 Cuban Musicians and New York City’s Cuban Social Clubs
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Rhythms of Race
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Christina D. Abreu

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620848.003.0002

This chapter explores the associational life of Cubans in New York by looking into the El Club Cubano Inter-Americano and the Ateneo Cubano de Nueva York, two of the most active social clubs during the 1940s and 1950s. It examines the discursive elements and processes of racial and ethnic negotiation that characterized the “Cuban New York” experience brought about by these clubs. The musicians hired by these clubs participated in the development of Cuban and Afro-Cuban consciousness and community. Through them, Cubans gained the symbolic and cultural capital that would position Cubanness and Afro-Cubanness as central to Hispanidad and Latinidad. The chapter argues that members and leaders of Cuban social clubs thought about their self-presentation and sought to engage the broader Spanish speaking public of New York City, in cooperation with the city's Spanish language press.

Keywords:   Cubans, New York, El Club Cubano Inter-Americano, Ateneo Cubano de Nueva York, social club, Cuban New York, Afro-Cuban consciousness

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