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Professor Lisandro Perez's Lecture on Cuban General Francisco Vicente Aguilera at NY Public Library
Start Date: 10/24/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/24/2013

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Francisco Vicente Aguilera: The Diary and Death of a Cuban General in New York

The first war for Cuba’s independence broke out in October 1868, creating a flow of refugees that came primarily to New York. In August of 1871, in a last-ditch effort to organize the émigrés, General Francisco Vicente Aguilera, the highly respected patrician and Vice President of the Cuban Republic in Arms, arrived in New York, where he struggled valiantly and unsuccessfully for nearly six years to bring the fractious exile community together before dying of throat cancer in his Manhattan home. The recent publication in Cuba of his New York diary throws a new light on the dynamics of Cuban New York and the forces that led to the failure of the 1868 conflict.

Lisandro Pérez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College is a writer in residence in the Library's Wertheim Study. During his recent stint in the Wertheim Study he focused on Aguilera’s diary and biography, both found in the NYPL’s collection, as part of his larger research project on the Cuban community in New York during the 19th century. Most of the research on that project was done while he was a fellow at the Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His manuscript, Cubans in Gotham: Exiles, Immigrants, and Revolutionaries in Nineteenth Century New York is under contract with New York University Press.

Date: October 24, 2013
Time: 1:15 PM
Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
South Court Auditorium
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018-2788
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All programs are free, open to the public and subject to change or cancellation. Elevator access is at 42nd Street.

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