Today on Gotham, the esteemed Cuban scholar and sociologist Lisandro Perez talks about his new book, Sugar, Cigars and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York.
Perez tells the story of a vibrant Cuban émigré community in nineteenth century New York City that ranged from wealthy sugar plantation owners to working-class Cubans cigar makers in Lower Manhattan. Cubans in New York had their own businesses, newspapers, and clubs, and many were involved in the struggle to liberate Cuba from colonial Spain. Among those New York-based 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.
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