This new podcast series, in partnership with the New Books Network (NBN), features experts and scholars in conversation with the authors of recent books on New York City history. The largest academic podcasting organization in the country, NBN is a consortium which aims to raise the level of public discourse by making scholarly work and serious research available to a wide public beyond academia. The organization publishes 100 new interviews every month, with more than 9 million downloads yearly. Our podcast series will highlight new scholarship in New York City history and related fields.
Lisandro Perez, Sugar, Cigars and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York
Beth Harpaz, editor of CUNY SUM, interviews the esteemed Cuban scholar and sociologist Lisandro Perez about his new work, Sugar, Cigars and Revolution.
The book recounts the vibrant Cuban émigré community in 19th c. NYC, which ranged from wealthy sugar plantation owners to working-class cigar makers. These immigrants had their own businesses, newspapers, and clubs, and many were involved in the struggle to liberate Cuba from colonial Spain. Among those political activists was the great hero and poet Jose Marti, who lived most of his adult life here. In fact, Perez asserts that New York was the most important city in the U.S. for Cubans until 1960, when Miami became the destination for Cubans fleeing communism.