Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Black is a Country": The Impact of the Cuban Revolution on American Black Radical Solidarities
by Ikeda, James Chiyoki, M.A., Tufts University, 2017, 176; 10276727
Abstract (Summary)

This Master’s thesis looks at the solidarities of black radicals in the mid-20th century and traces how they evolved in contact with the Cuban Revolution. I argue that the Cuban Revolution refracted and altered existing threads of black radical solidarity by acting as a discursive site for theorizing and debating the tactics and ideology of black freedom. This resulted in the strengthening of black American Third World identity, the proliferation of a colonial understanding of the black condition, and the development of competing forms of black nationalism. This thesis positions the Cuban Revolution as a definitive moment in black radical intellectual history which did not necessarily originate any of the major threads of black radical solidarity, but which had a profound impact on the ways that the animating ideas of mid-20th century black radicalism were theorized and expressed from the 1960s through the 1970s and beyond.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ueda, Reed
Commitee: Penvenne, Jeanne, Sullivan, Frances
School: Tufts University
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Black history
Keywords: Black nationalism, Black radical tradition, Cuban revolution, Intellectual history, Solidarity, Transnational
Publication Number: 10276727
ISBN: 9781369838152
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