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Reyita: The Life of a Black Cuban Woman in the Twentieth Century

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María de los Reyes Castillo Bueno (1902–1997), a black woman known as “Reyita,” recounts her life in Cuba over the span of ninety years. Reyita’s voice is at once dignified, warm, defiant, strong, poetic, principled, and intelligent. Her story—as told to and recorded by her daughter Daisy Castillo—begins in Africa with her own grandmother’s abduction by slave-traders and continues through a century of experiences with prejudice, struggle, and change in Cuba for Reyita and her numerous family members.

Sensitive to and deeply knowledgeable of the systemic causes and consequences of poverty, Reyita’s testimony considers the impact of slavery on succeeding generations, her mother’s internalized racism, and Cuba’s residual discrimination. The humiliation and poverty inflicted on the black Cuban community as well as her decision to marry a white man to ensure a higher standard of living form the basis of other chapters. Reyita actively participated in the life of the community—often caring for the children of prostitutes along with her own eight children and giving herbal medicine and “spiritualist” guidance to ill or troubled neighbors. She describes her growing resistance, over five decades of marriage, to her husband’s sexism and negativity. Strong-willed and frank about her sexuality as well as her religious and political convictions, Reyita recounts joining the revolutionary movement in the face of her husband’s stern objections, a decision that added significant political purpose to her life. At book’s end, Reyita radiates gratification that her 118 descendants have many different hues of skin, enjoy a variety of professions, and—“most importantly”—are free of racial prejudice.

Synopsis:

Oral history of an elderly black woman recounting the story of her nine decades in Cuba.

Synopsis:

Assisted by her daughter, Daisy Rubiera Castillo, the author recounts her life as a black woman struggling with prejudice and change in Cuba over the span of 90 years. Known as "Reyita", Maria de Los Reyes Castillo Bueno starts her story with the abduction of her grandmother by slave traders and shares her own experiences as a mother, laborer, and revolutionary.

About the Author

María de los Reyes Castillo Bueno (1902–1997) was a mother, laborer, and activist living in Cuba during the twentieth century.

Daisy Rubiera Castillo, the author’s daughter, is founder of the Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Centre in Santiago de Cuba. In addition to the Spanish edition of Reyita, published in 1997, she is the author of Black Women in Cuba: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822325932
As Told:
Castillo, Daisy Rubiera
Foreword:
Dore, Elizabeth
Foreword:
Dore, Elizabeth
Author:
Dore, Elizabeth
Author:
Bueno, Maria de Los Reyes Castillo
Author:
Castillo, Daisy Rubiera
Author:
Reyes Castillo Bueno, Maria De Los
Author:
McLean, Anne
As Told:
Castillo, Daisy Rubiera
Author:
Castillo Bueno, Maria De Los Reyes
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Location:
Durham, N.C.
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Cuba
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Cuba Race relations.
Subject:
Blacks -- Cuba.
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
48
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.30x5.62x.59 in. .52 lbs.

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Biography » General
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Latin American
History and Social Science » Latin America » Cuba
History and Social Science » World History » Caribbean

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Oral history of an elderly black woman recounting the story of her nine decades in Cuba.
"Synopsis" by , Assisted by her daughter, Daisy Rubiera Castillo, the author recounts her life as a black woman struggling with prejudice and change in Cuba over the span of 90 years. Known as "Reyita", Maria de Los Reyes Castillo Bueno starts her story with the abduction of her grandmother by slave traders and shares her own experiences as a mother, laborer, and revolutionary.
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