The House of Cards
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.
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