Voices of the Enslaved

Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century Cuba
Gloria García Rodríguez, translated by Nancy L Westgate
2011, University of North Carolina Press
240 pages

SLAVERY was not abolished in Cuba until 1886 and had a profound impact on its economic and social development, but large areas of this theme remain underexplored and the voices and agency of slaves themselves remain under-documented and researched. Gloria García Rodríguez has addressed this aspect of the study of slavery in Cuba and in so doing has made a major contribution to the subject. She brings together a large body of rich and diverse archive material to paint a comprehensive picture of the history, economy and evolution of the slave system in Cuba, and provides perviously unpublished primary material that vividly illustrate the experiences of slaves themselves. – GO’T