Continuity, Change, and Persistence in Colonial Indigenous Labor Forms and Elite Strategies
Chapter 6 examines more closely the contradictions of the evolving labor system and society in which, by the mid- to late-nineteenth century, indigenous immigrant workers found themselves immersed. The focus is on the paradox of a transitional labor system caught ambiguously between slavery and free labor; the concomitant mentalité of patronos and members of the state; and the attempt of the latter to prolong an ostensibly obsolete system of repartimiento labor through extensive efforts and campaigns to bring in many more "indios colonos" into Cuba. This chapter examines the dynamic of indigenous diaspora in a Cuba at the apex of its existence as a plantation society grounded in slavery and colonialism, in the throes of repeated and intensifying struggles for independence from Spain, along with the broader implications for studies of both labor and indigenous immigrant workers in Cuba.
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