A Cultural History of Cuba during the U.S. Occupation, by Marial Iglesias Utset

By Marial Iglesias Utset

During this cultural historical past of Cuba through the usa' short yet influential career from 1898 to 1902--a key transitional interval following the Spanish-American War--Marial Iglesias Utset sheds gentle at the advanced set of pressures that guided the formation and creation of a burgeoning Cuban nationalism. Drawing on archival and released assets, Iglesias illustrates the method in which Cubans maintained and created their very own culturally correct nationwide symbols within the face of the U.S. profession. Tracing Cuba's efforts to modernize along with plans through U.S. officers to form the method, Iglesias analyzes, between different issues, the effect of the English language on Spanish utilization; the imposition of North American vacation trips, reminiscent of Thanksgiving, as opposed to conventional Cuban celebrations; the transformation of Havana right into a new city; and the advance of patriotic symbols, together with the Cuban flag, songs, monuments, and ceremonies. Iglesias argues that the Cuban reaction to U.S. imperialism, notwithstanding mostly severe, certainly concerned parts of reliance, lodging, and welcome. chiefly, Iglesias argues, Cubans engaged the americans on a number of degrees, and her paintings demonstrates how their ambiguous responses to the U.S. profession formed the cultural transformation that gave upward push to a brand new Cuban nationalism.

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And nationalist anniversaries — the complicated symbolic interactions characteristic of the period. Three intersecting interests, each complemented by its own set of symbols and associations, competed for ascendancy: the traditions inherited from the colonial past, the problematic representations of an unsettled present marked by a foreign military occupation, and the assertions of a simmering nationalist will, expressed in the desire of Cubans to take their place as an independent nation in the near future.

There was a man whom I knew, a Catalan . . , owner of an establishment considered then to be very up and up, who composed his business letters on stationery with a vignette at the top, containing the name of the company accompanied by some specific information about it, the business’s telegraph address, the commercial ventures to which it was dedicated, etc. On the left-hand side of the vignette there was a medallion in whose center appeared General Prim, in Castillejos (as I’ve indicated, the establishment’s owner was a Catalan).

On the left-hand side of the vignette there was a medallion in whose center appeared General Prim, in Castillejos (as I’ve indicated, the establishment’s owner was a Catalan). Well, as of the first of January, General Prim disappeared from the vignette! 14 Barracks Converted into Schools Some of the old forts and barracks of the Spanish army were demolished while others were remodeled for civilian use. During the war, many towns and cities Empt y Pedesta l s a n d Ba r r acks 15 had quickly been surrounded by wire fencing, which impeded free entry into and exit from them and also facilitated control over the movement of Spain’s troops and the activity within its garrisons.

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