Our Rightful Share: The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality, 1886-1912

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UNC Press Books, 1995 - History - 361 pages
In Our Rightful Share, Aline Helg examines the issue of race in Cuban society, politics, and ideology during the island's transition from a Spanish colony to an independent state. She challenges Cuba's well-established myth of racial equality and s

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Alter Slavery 18861895
The Fight for a Just Cuba 18951898
The Making of the New Order 18991906
Frustration 18991906
Mobilization 19071910
Rumors of a Black Conspiracy 19071911
The Racist Massacre of 1912
The Limits of Equality

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Page 11 - The operating assumption of the "right to subsistence" is that all members of a community have a presumptive right to a living so far as local resources will allow. This subsistence claim is morally based on the common notion of a hierarchy of human needs, with the means for physical survival naturally taking priority over all other claims to village wealth. In a purely logical sense, it is difficult to imagine how any disparities in wealth and resources...
Page 3 - Such classification differs from the three-tier or multitier racial systems prevailing in many countries of the region4 and tends to show a two-tier racial system similar to that of the United States — with a significant difference, however: in Cuba, the line separating blacks and mulattoes from whites was based on "visible" African ancestry, not on the "one drop rule.
Page 17 - rests on the ability to contain blacks in the present, to repress and to deny the past...

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Aline Helg, professor of history at the University of Geneva, is author of Civiliser le peuple et former les elites: L'education en Colombie, 1918-1957.

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