October 10 Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Skylight Room, 9th floor
Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
Co-sponsored by the Gotham Center for New York City History, the CUNY
Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, and NYU Press
October 11 Thursday 4:30 p.m.
Moot Court, room 6.68, New Building, John Jay College, CUNY, 524 West 59th Street
Co-sponsored by the Office for the Advancement of Research and the Department Latin American and Latina/o Studies
October 13 Saturday 11:00 a.m.
Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Brooklyn
Lisandro Pérez will lead a trolley tour of the graves of the many prominent Cubans featured in Sugar, Cigars, and Revolution who are buried in Green-Wood
Reviews of Sugar, Cigars, and Revolution:
. . . a fascinating excursion into nineteenth-century New York . . . serves as a comprehensive guide to the social, cultural, and political lives of the transnational community of wealthy Cuban plantation owners and their immigrant compatriots . . . Grounded by extensive research and the author’s personal interests, the book reveals the connections between the United States and Cuba from 1823 to the Spanish-American War. During this time, New York City housed the largest community of Cubans outside of the island . . . The text both informs and entertains . . . Great spiritedness animates the prose
In this colorful and scrupulously researched history, Pérez . . .traces the 19th-century origins of Cuban New York, a vibrant community that developed long before the 1959 Cuban revolution . . . Perez’s engrossing work showcases a little-discussed facet of New York City’s rich history.
Uva de Aragón, El Nuevo Herald
En prosa clara y precisa, Lisandro Pérez cuenta la historia de los cubanos del siglo XIX en Nueva York con rigor y una dosis exacta de empatía hacia los protagonistas. Este libro académico, sin duda un aporte incalculable a la historiografía cubana, se lee, sin embargo, como si fuera una novela.