Celia S???nchez Manduley: The Life and Legacy of a Cuban Revolutionary (Envisioning Cuba)

University of North Carolina Press
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Celia Sanchez Manduley (1920-1980) is famous for her role in the Cuban revolution. Clad in her military fatigues, this "first female guerrilla of the Sierra Maestra" is seen in many photographs alongside Fidel Castro. Sanchez joined the movement in her early thirties, initially as an arms runner and later as a combatant. She was one of Castro's closest confidants, perhaps lover, and went on to serve as a high-ranking government official and international ambassador. Since her death, Sanchez has been revered as a national icon, cultivated and guarded by the Cuban government. With almost unprecedented access to Sanchez's papers, including a personal diary, and firsthand interviews with family members, Tiffany A. Sippial presents the first critical study of a notoriously private and self-abnegating woman who yet exists as an enduring symbol of revolutionary ideals. Using the tools of feminist biography, cultural history, and the politics of memory, Sippial reveals the scope and depth of Sanchez's power and influence within the Cuban revolution, as well as her struggles with violence, her political development, and the sacrifices required by her status as a leader and "New Woman." Sippial reveals how Sanchez strategically crafted her own legacy within a history still dominated by bearded men in fatigues.


  • | Author: Tiffany A. Sippial
  • | Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
  • | Publication Date: January 20, 2020
  • | Number of Pages: 288 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Hardcover
  • | ISBN-10: 1469654075
  • | ISBN-13: 9781469654072
Author:
Tiffany A. Sippial
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date:
January 20, 2020
Number of pages:
288 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Hardcover
ISBN-10:
1469654075
ISBN-13:
9781469654072