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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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Assata Is Welcome Here

Assata Is Welcome Here

Black Radicalism, Political Asylum, and the Diplomacy of Exile and Freedom

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Cuban Revolution in America

Teishan A. Latner

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter Five examines Cuba’s provision of formal political asylum to political dissidents from the United States. Focusing on black radical activists such as Robert F. Williams, Eldridge Cleaver, Assata Shakur, Nehanda Abiodun, William Lee Brent, Charlie Hill, and Huey Newton, and organizations such as the Black Panther Party and the Republic of New Afrika, the chapter explores the role that political exile and asylum has played within the larger relationship between the Cuban Revolution and the African American freedom struggle, and the impact of this engagement upon U.S.-Cuba relations amid the Cold War and the War on Terror. While some U.S. black activists looked to the Cuban Revolution as a hemispheric beacon of hope, Cuba in turn looked to U.S. black activists as allies in its geopolitical struggle with Washington, viewing the African American freedom struggle as its best hope for a radical ally in its northern neighbor.

Keywords:   Political asylum, Political exile, African American freedom struggle, Cuba, Assata Shakur, Cold War, War on Terror, Black radicalism, Black Panther Party, Republic of New Afrika

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