The Cubans of Union City

Immigrants and Exiles in a New Jersey Community

Yolanda Prieto
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PB: $31.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-300-0
Publication: Apr 09

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224 pages
6 x 9
2 tables, 2 figs., 14 halftones

Ethnic community building and immigrant success in “Havana on the Hudson”

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As a result of the conflicts between Cuba and the United States, especially after 1959, Cubans immigrated in great numbers. Most stayed in Miami, but many headed north to Union City, making it second only to Miami in its concentration of Cubans. In The Cubans of Union City, Yolanda Prieto discusses why Cubans were drawn to this particular city and how the local economy and organizations developed. Central aspects of this story are the roles of women, religion, political culture, and the fact of exile itself. As a member of this community and a participant in many of its activities, Prieto speaks with special authority about its demographic uniqueness. Far from being a snapshot of the community, The Cubans of Union City conveys an ongoing research agenda extending over more than twenty years, from 1959 to the 1980s. As a long-term observer who was also a resident, Prieto offers a unique and insightful view of the dynamics of this community's evolution.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Cuban Union City: Origins, Development, and Change
3. Building Community: Economic Growth and the Rise of Local Organizations
4. Women Leave Home for the Factory: Gender, Work, and Family
5. Saint Augustine Parish and Cuban Adaptation: Religion and Reconciliation
6. Exile, Ethnic Identity, and Political Culture
7. Union City Cubans and Community Change: Some Theoretical Considerations

About the Author(s)

Yolanda Prieto is Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science and Human Services of Ramapo College of New Jersey.