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Victorious InsurgenciesFour Rebellions that Shaped Our World$
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Anthony James Joes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813126142

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813126142.001.0001

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The House of Cards

(p.141) 3 Cuba
Victorious Insurgencies

Anthony James Joes

University Press of Kentucky

Cuba was the last of the Spanish colonies in the Western Hemisphere to attain its independence. There had been several bloody efforts to end Spanish rule on the island in the nineteenth century, as well as major slave revolts and race wars. Cuban society was overshadowed by severe racial tensions. Major slave revolt flamed as late as 1879, and a bloody race war raged in Oriente Province as recently as 1912. Cuba was an artificial and invertebrate society and hence profoundly vulnerable to sudden and radical upheaval. Upheaval's context occurred in the famous sergeants' mutiny. Army officers wanted to repeal the law whereby sergeants and others could become officers.

Keywords:   Cuba, revolts, race wars, upheaval, sergeants

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