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

By Marial Iglesias Utset

During this cultural heritage of Cuba throughout 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 complicated set of pressures that guided the formation and construction of a burgeoning Cuban nationalism. Drawing on archival and released assets, Iglesias illustrates the method during 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 at the side of plans by means of U.S. officers to form the method, Iglesias analyzes, between different issues, the impression of the English language on Spanish utilization; the imposition of North American vacations, resembling Thanksgiving, instead of 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 principally serious, certainly concerned components of reliance, lodging, and welcome. peculiarly, Iglesias argues, Cubans engaged the american citizens on a number of degrees, and her paintings demonstrates how their ambiguous responses to the U.S. career formed the cultural transformation that gave upward push to a brand new Cuban nationalism.

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Within a few hours, both the acronyms and the patriots’ names had disappeared from the banners. ” Virtually no one believed the official story. S. S. S. anniversaries as official Cuban holidays. For example, in the city and district of Trinidad, 22 February was declared a day of public celebration: “Wednesday, the 22nd of February 1899, is proclaimed a public holiday in the City and district of Trinidad. S. S. IndePolicies Gover n ing Celebr ations 35 pendence Day. S. S. ”19 To the left of Washington, however, enveloped among flowers, one could also see portraits depicting Cuba’s revolutionary heroes: Céspedes, Martí, Gómez, and Maceo.

S. 25 In 1900, in the coastal community of Mariel, the program of festivities held in honor of Saint Teresa de Jesús, the pueblo’s patron saint, reflected a unique symbiosis combining elements of traditional Catholic ceremonial practice, secular entertainments, modern innovations, and nationalism. ” Cuban flags fluttered from houses and a Cuban banner, belonging to the local committee of the National Party, was solemnly blessed by the pueblo’s parish priest. The formal events of the occasion were followed by a variety of informal entertainments.

S. dollars, smacked suspiciously of its counterpart in New York. S. annexationist agenda underlying the government headed by Tomás Estrada Palma, the statue was torn down and destroyed as part of a “nationalist” protest that erupted in Havana on 10 October 1903, the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Grito de Yara (Declaration of Yara, which announced the outbreak of the Ten Years’ War). The drama of the empty pedestal finally came to an end some eighteen months later when, on 24 February 1905, the tenth anniversary of the uprising of Baire, Máximo Gómez presided over the official installation of a statue (by Empt y Pedesta l s a n d Ba r r acks 27 Cuban sculptor José Vilalta Saavedra) of José Martí.

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