Ninety Miles and a Lifetime Away: Memories of Early Cuban Exiles
Florida Historical Society Samuel Proctor Award
Rare accounts of Cuban migration in the words of the exiles themselves
Bringing together an unprecedented number of extensive personal stories, this book shares the triumphs and heartbreaking moments experienced by some of the first Cubans to come to the United States after Fidel Castro took power in 1959. Ninety Miles and a Lifetime Away is a moving look inside fifteen years of migration that changed the two countries and transformed the lives of the people who found themselves separated from their homeland.
David Powell presents interviews with refugees who left Cuba between 1959 and the 1962 Missile Crisis, as well as those who embarked on the Freedom Flights of the late 1960s and early 1970s. During these years more than 600,000 Cubans migrated to the US, some by way of other countries and many arriving in Miami with only a few clothes and pocket money. In their own words, exiles describe why they left the island, how they prepared for departure, what situations they faced when they arrived in the US, and how they integrated into American life.
Offering historical background that illuminates this pivotal period in the context of the Cold War, Powell shows how the US government's Cuban refugee assistance program had far-reaching effects on refugee policy, bilingual education, and child welfare programs. The testimonies in this book include new information about low-cost "Cuban Loans" that enabled young exiles to attend US colleges, preparing many to be builders and leaders in their adopted country today.
A powerful portrayal of the initial effects of a revolution that began a new era in Cuba's relationship with the world, this book preserves rare accounts of the motivations and struggles of early Cuban exiles in the words of the emigres themselves, adding gripping detail to the history of the modern Cuban diaspora.
Publisher: University of Florida Press
Publication Date: 03/01/2022 - 12:00am
On Sale: 03/01/2022 - 12:00am