The Utility Player: An Examination of the Role of Baseball in Cuban Society

Harral, Emily (2018) The Utility Player: An Examination of the Role of Baseball in Cuban Society. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Douglass Sullivan- Gonzalez from History, The University of Mississippi.

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In this thesis, I will address the role of baseball in Cuba from 1898-2016. I split the thesis into three distinct time periods: Country inception (1898-1953), Revolution (1953-1989), Special Period (1989-2016). Each of these times periods represents a historically significant shift in the political history of Cuba. Every chapter seeks to define the role and significance of baseball in that time period. Through the use of newspapers, magazines, and speeches, I analyze the importance of baseball in society. Additionally, I include information from notable historians to provide contextual information. Cuban baseball served as a form of connection for the sharing of ideas between the US in the early 20th century. It served as a symbol of industrialization and the political and economic advancements that occur. During the revolutionary period, baseball served as a way to legitimize the Revolutionary Government. In transition to the Special Period baseball became a symbol that holds the Cuban nation together. Through economic and political struggles baseball remained a support system. In the end, I found that baseball plays a contributory role in Cuban Society from 1898 to 2016.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Harral, Emily
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies
Thesis Advisor: Douglass Sullivan- Gonzalez
Thesis Advisor's Department: History
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Depositing User: Emily Emily Harral
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 15:36
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 15:36

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