Dr. Gerald Horne discusses his book "Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow”, the profound history and influence of U.S. slavery on Cuban society and politics, and the ongoing consequences brought on by the U.S. Blockade.
Dr. Gerald Horne, the 🐐historian and author of "Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow”, discusses the intricate history of race and slavery between the U.S. and Cuba, the profound influence of U.S. slavery on Cuban society and politics, and the ongoing consequences brought on by the U.S. Blockade.
Dr. Horne discusses what slave resistance in Cuba looked like, the Haitian Revolution's deep significance and far-reaching impact on the Caribbean, and the surprising connections between Confederate slaveowners and the white Cubans who fled the island following the revolution in 1959. We also discuss the African nature of the Cuban Revolution (yes, it was an African revolution), the result of anti-communism and anti-Blackness on the island prior to the Cuban Revolution, and the long history of strong solidarity from Cuba to the African world.
This episode invites you to reflect on the historical threads that continue to weave the contemporary social and political fabrics, not only in Cuba but in the broader context of African liberation and international relations.
Check out Dr. Horne's book "Race to Revolution" here and "The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century" here.
The clip you hear at the end of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz describing his meeting with Fidel Castro can be found here.
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