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Cuban Revolution in AmericaHavana and the Making of a United States Left, 1968-1992$
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Teishan A. Latner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635460

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635460.001.0001

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Venceremos Means “We Will Win”

Venceremos Means “We Will Win”

The Venceremos Brigades, Cuba, and the U.S. Left

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Cuban Revolution in America

Teishan A. Latner

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter One illuminates Cuba’s influence on the American Left at the height of the sixties era by examining the history of the Venceremos Brigade, an anti-imperialist Cuba solidarity organization formed in the United States in 1969. Initiated by New Left antiwar and civil rights activists from Students for a Democratic Society and incorporating a broad spectrum of social movements, including women’s liberation, veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and elements of Puerto Rican, Chicana/o, and Asian American movements, the Venceremos Brigade sent several thousand U.S. leftwing activists to Cuba during the next decade as volunteer laborers. Working in agricultural and construction projects on the island to support Cuban socialism and publicizing the nation’s achievements in universal education and healthcare, the Venceremos Brigade built a grassroots counterpoint to the Washington consensus of antagonism toward the Cuba.

Keywords:   Cuba, New Left, Sixties, Socialism, Venceremos Brigade, Anti-imperialism, Students for a Democratic Society, Black Panther Party, Women’s liberation

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