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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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Cubans in Miami’s Pan-American Paradise

Cubans in Miami’s Pan-American Paradise

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Rhythms of Race

Christina D. Abreu

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter turns to Miami and discusses the role of Cubans and Cuban popular culture in the city. It examines the social clubs Círculo Cubano and Juventud Cubana, and the nightclubs Tropicana and Barra Guys and Dolls, whose events and activities illustrate the early emergence of “Cuban Miami” in the context of the ideology and racialized practices of Pan-Americanism, and against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution. Through the Spanish-language press, the Cuban groups in the city also demonstrated an early instance of pan-Lantino/a unity in the struggle for social justice. During their stay in Miami, many black Cuban artists found themselves in a Jim Crow city that was protective of its black-white model of racial classification but inconsistent in its treatment and categorization of Cubans and Latino/as of color.

Keywords:   Miami, Cuban exiles, Cuban popular culture, Círculo Cubano, Juventud Cubana, Tropicana, Barra Guys and Dolls, Cuban Miami, Pan-Americanism, Cuban Revolution

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