A Cultural History of Cuba during the U.S. Occupation, by Marial Iglesias Utset

By Marial Iglesias Utset

During this cultural heritage of Cuba in the course of the usa' short yet influential profession from 1898 to 1902--a key transitional interval following the Spanish-American War--Marial Iglesias Utset sheds gentle at the complicated set of pressures that guided the formation and construction of a burgeoning Cuban nationalism. Drawing on archival and released resources, Iglesias illustrates the method during which Cubans maintained and created their very own culturally proper nationwide symbols within the face of the U.S. profession. Tracing Cuba's efforts to modernize along with plans by means of U.S. officers to form the method, Iglesias analyzes, between different issues, the effect of the English language on Spanish utilization; the imposition of North American vacation trips, resembling Thanksgiving, rather than conventional Cuban celebrations; the transformation of Havana right into a new city; and the advance of patriotic symbols, together with the Cuban flag, songs, monuments, and ceremonies. Iglesias argues that the Cuban reaction to U.S. imperialism, although principally serious, certainly concerned components of reliance, lodging, and welcome. exceptionally, Iglesias argues, Cubans engaged the americans on a number of degrees, and her paintings demonstrates how their ambiguous responses to the U.S. career formed the cultural transformation that gave upward push to a brand new Cuban nationalism.

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The Empty Pedestal of Queen Isabel II On the level of metaphorical representations of change as reflected in the urban landscape, there was no more graphic illustration of the divide between the desire to break with the Spanish colonial past and the feelings of uncertainty regarding the shape of things to come than the image — reproduced in all of the contemporary print media — of an empty pedestal where stood Havana’s most representative monument to the mother country’s power: a statue of Spain’s queen, Isabel II.

S. 17 The spectacle of the conversion of military installations into primary schools, in which swarms of boys and girls replaced the battalions of soldiers, was etched in the memory of those who witnessed it. One contemporary recalled, “I still remember how joyously in 16 Empt y Pedesta l s a n d Ba r r acks those days we gazed at the comings and goings of a troop of teachers, armed with books, that to our pure delight replaced a troop armed with the implements of death. . ”18 Other military structures experienced a different fate.

And Cuban flags, in La Esperanza a huge crowd, holding flags, met us at the station, raising cheers to a free Cuba, independence, and the soldiers of the insurrection. In Ranchuelo the same demonstration . . S. S. counterparts, and also exchanged souvenirs, in the form of badges and other items of military issue, while they waited for their ships to embark. S. presence on their island, imposed on them in the form of a government of military occupation. This multilayered process of change left a deep mark on Cuban society, altering its familiar rhythms and representations.

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