Author Talk with Michael E. Neagle, Ph.D. “America’s Forgotten Colony: Cuba’s Isle of Pines”
DUDLEY – The Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library in Dudley will be hosting an author talk with Michael E. Neagle, Ph.D., Nichols College Assistant Professor of History on Thursday, June 29 at 6pm.
America’s Forgotten Colony examines private US citizens’ experiences on Cuba’s Isle of Pines to show how American influence adapted and endured in republican-era Cuba (1902–58). This transnational study challenges the notion that US territorial ambitions waned after the nineteenth century. Many Americans, anxious about a ‘closed’ frontier in an industrialized, urbanized United States, migrated to the Isle and pushed for agrarian-oriented landed expansion well into the twentieth century. Their efforts were stymied by Cuban resistance and reluctant US policymakers. After decades of tension, however, a new generation of Americans collaborated with locals in commercial and institutional endeavors. Although they did not wield the same influence, Americans nevertheless maintained a significant footprint. The story of this cooperation upsets prevailing conceptions of US domination and perpetual conflict, revealing that US-Cuban relations at the grassroots were not nearly as adversarial as on the diplomatic level.
Michael E. Neagle is an Assistant Professor of History at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. He is the author of America’s Forgotten Colony: Cuba’s Isle of Pines (Cambridge University Press, 2016). His work has appeared in America in the World (Cambridge University Press, 2014), A Companion to Woodrow Wilson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Latino America: A State-By-State Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2008), and Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits: Creating the University of Connecticut, 1881-2006 (University Press of New England, 2006). He has won grants and fellowships from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Tinker Foundation, the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, as well as UConn’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Neagle earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.