José Martí and the Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century
This Institute will study the rise of the U.S. as a global power in the early 20th century as a consequence of its intervention in Cuba’s War of Independence, a conflict known in U.S. history as the Spanish-American War (1898), but more accurately called the Spanish-Cuban-American War (1895-1898). An overlooked aspect of this intervention was the role played by the Cuban immigrant communities in the U.S., particularly in Florida’s unique and vibrant cigar towns such as Ybor City, now the historical district of the City of Tampa. It was here that many of the tenets of Cuban nationhood, or Patria, revealed themselves to its most important intellectual leader, José Martí. Close study of this seminal period from the perspectives of these communities will enrich any cross-cultural approach to the teaching of U.S. History, Race and Ethnicity, Latin American Studies, Caribbean/Cuban Studies, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Hispanic Language and Culture, or any aspect of the relationship between the global north and the global south.