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Rescuing Our RootsThe African Anglo-Caribbean Diaspora in Contemporary Cuba$
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Andrea J. Queeley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061092

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061092.001.0001

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British West Indian Migration to Cuba

British West Indian Migration to Cuba

The Roots and Routes of Respectability

(p.36) 1 British West Indian Migration to Cuba
Rescuing Our Roots

Andrea J. Queeley

, John M. Kirk
University Press of Florida

Chapter 1 follows the immigrants from arrival in Cuba through the eve of the 1959 revolution. The author first explores the emergence and deployment of racial respectability rooted in British Victorian-era notions of middle class respectability. Then she goes on to situate the immigrants within the socioracial context of early twentieth-century Cuba, concluding that, while they were more advantaged than other working class laborers of color—due to their status as British subjects and their knowledge of English at a time of dramatic U.S. economic expansion—they nonetheless had to confront the harsh realities of racism and xenophobia. U.S. economic expansion included the development of the Guantánamo Naval Base where many immigrants and their Cuban-born children were employed. Queeley therefore explores diaspora and transnationalism in this local context.

Keywords:   respectability, race, British West Indian immigrants, British subjects, early twentieth-century Cuba, U.S. expansion, Guantánamo Naval Base, diaspora, transnationalism

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