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University of Tampa (Tampa, FL 33606-1490)
James Joseph Lopez (Project Director: February 2018 to March 2021)
Denis Alberto Rey (Co Project Director: August 2018 to March 2021)

Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
Education Programs

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$190,238 (approved)
$171,771 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 12/31/2019

José Martí and the Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century

A four-week institute for 30 college and university faculty on José Martí and the immigrant communities of Florida.

The proposed 4-week Summer Institute seeks to heighten awareness of how American immigrant communities have helped usher in political transformations both at home and abroad, and to accentuate the rich and complex cultural world established by the Cuban, Sicilian and Spanish immigrants around the cigar industry in turn-of-the-century Florida. An important and often overlooked aspect of that community was its political activism both domestically, in the struggle for labor and immigrant rights, and internationally, as a crucial component of the organization and funding of the War for Cuban Independence under the leadership of Jose Marti, and the U.S. intervention in that war, an event that would transform both countries. The immigrant communities of Tampa, Ybor City and Key West, and the role they played in this history, constitute an extraordinary chrysalis in which to observe and understand the geopolitical evolution of the U.S. in the early 20th century.