This article explores the challenges that Cubans exiled abroad and
internally exiled Africans in Cuba posed to the entwined processes of US
empire- and Cuban nation-state formation at the turn of the twentieth century.
While exiled Cubans made demands on state and empire concerning their
rights of citizenship and inclusion, internally exiled Africans made demands
on state and imperial officials concerning their rights to self-determination
and non-belonging. Both sets of challenges threatened to disrupt the capitalist,
white supremacist national/imperial projects of Cuban state- and United
States empire-formation. Highlighting these cases while juxtaposing them
reveals how exile was used as a preemptive technology of control during
empire- and nation-state-building in U.S.-occupied Cuba at the turn of the
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Editores: Ori Preuss; Nahuel Ribke
Instituto Sverdlin de Historia y Cultura de América Latina, Escuela de Historia
Universidad de Tel Aviv, Ramat Aviv,
P.O.B. 39040 (69978), Israel.
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