Nationalizing Blackness: Afrocubanismo and Artistic Revolution in Havana, 1920-1940

University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997 - 320 páginas
"Nationalizing Blackness" uses the music of the 1920s and 1930s to examine Cuban society as it begins to embrace Afrocuban culture. Moore examines the public debate over "degenerate Africanisms" associated with "comparas" or carnival bands; similar controversies associated with "son" music; the history of blackface theater shows; the rise of afrocubanismo in the context of anti-imperialist nationalism and revolution against Gerardo Machado; the history of cabaret rumba; an overview of poetry, painting, and music inspired by Afrocuban street culture; and reactions of the black Cuban middle classes to "afrocubanismo," He has collected numerous illustrations of early twentieth-century performers in Havana, many included in this book. "Nationalizing Blackness" represents one of the first politicized studies of twentieth-century culture in Cuba. It demonstrates how music can function as the center of racial and cultural conflict during the formation of a national identity.

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Robin Moore won the admiration of the Green Berets forty years ago during the Vietnam War. That admiration has not flagged with a new generation of soldiers. To this day, Moore receives letters from enlisted men who say the book "The Green Berets" motivated their career in the Special Forces. A nose gunner (B-17) in World War II, Robin Moore spent his seventy-eighth birthday in Iraq, interviewing troops for "Hunting Down Saddam," When not in war zones or on army bases, he makes his home in Concord, Massachusetts.

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