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From the Escambray to the Congo

Introduction by Mary-Alice Waters, 24-page photo section and other photos, maps, glossary, index.

Format: Paper

205 Pages

Edition: 1st

Year: 2002

Publisher: Pathfinder Press

ISBN: 978-0-87348-947-8

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From the Escambray to the Congo

In the Whirlwind of the Cuban Revolution

By Víctor Dreke, 

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The author describes how easy it became after the Cuban Revolution to take down a rope segregating blacks from whites in the town square, yet how enormous was the battle to transform social relations underlying all the “ropes” inherited from capitalism and Yankee domination.   Dreke, second in command of...

“These books are the kinds of books historians are always hoping for, but that very rarely see the light of day. Their value for average readers and for scholars cannot be overstressed, for several reasons, the most important being the historical process of reconnecting Cuba and Africa at a time when such reconnecting continues to be fiercely discouraged by the powers-that-be.” —African Studies Review

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