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José Martí, the United States, and Race$
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Anne Fountain

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049748

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049748.001.0001

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(p.119) 9 Conclusions
José Martí, the United States, and Race

Anne Fountain

University Press of Florida

This chapter demonstrates how a comprehensive study of Martí’s work can yield significant information. This book shows that understanding the timeline and the context for his writing on race and ethnic groups is crucial to understanding what he wrote. His traveler’s commentary about Curaçao is a prime example of the importance of context, and a study of Martí’s writing over time reveals the progression of his thinking. The final chapter details how Martí connected education and race, how his strategic illusion about the end of slavery in Cuba was part of his plan for a racially unified insurrection, and how life in the United States impacted his views on race. In addition, this chapter draws conclusions about race and religion and race and sex in Martí’s work and shows the importance of effective translation in conveying Martí’s message today.

Keywords:   Curaçao, Education and race, Martí’s strategic illusion, Race and religion, Race and sex

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