he's hanging out with ernest hemingway the most famous ex pat there. and this period 1959 and it's winding down now, in case you're wondering. sort of the final period. it's what i call the honeymoon of the revolution and it's the time that everyone loved fidel. everyone loved che. they were heroes. in the united states as well. and so in april fidel and the gang were invited up to speak in washington to the american society of editors and that -- they all fly up. and then they're very popular here, but when they go to new york they're mobbed. 20,000 people meet them at penn station and fidel is carried on the shoulders to the hotel. he climbs the empire state building, goes to the bronze zoo. again, all of the press coverage is very laudatory. reincarnation of one of the founding fathers. it's as if americans were recognizing their own better selves, you know? sort of the sense of a small group who managed to overthrow an evil empire. like, you know, also popular amongst the african-americans saw in cuba overnight they got rid of the segregation laws.
meanwhile fidel was having a blast and is hanging out with ernest hemingway, there and this period, 1959 is winding down now, in case you are wondering it is kind of the final period, it is what they call the honeymoon of the laudatory, calling him the reincarnation of one of the founding fathers. it is as if, they were recognizing their own better selves, you know this sort of a small group who managed to overthrow an evil empire. and juan almeida is also extremely popular and amongst african-americans who at the cusp of the civil rights movement saw in cuba, overnight they got rid of several segregation laws, and suddenly it turns out it's not as easy as that. you know, there are a lot of other things but officially, segregation is gone. the struggle in the united states is only just beginning. here we have fidel and che, more chummy, and che is starting to wear the start as he becomes more radical, and the revolution takes a drift further to the left and the fights begin after this marvelous trip to new york, things go quickly awry for the united states quickly because the washington
a year later "the sun also rises," ernest hemingway's book, was published. it was a golden era for american literature, and it was also the age of the harlem renaissance. most writers, musicians, artists who we know today from the harlem renaissance were not from new york. but harlem became the center of this renaissance. and the center of the center was the home of the daughter of madam cj walker. i wonder if you remember madam cj walker. she was the only woman millionaire, not to inherit her wealth in an earlier era? not so much earlier, and she had a daughter. and the daughter's brownstone on 136th street in harlem was the center of the center. when she died in 1931, the writer langston hughes said the arlem renaissance is over. i have a painting up there by my favorite artist of the harlem renaissance. you can take a closer look when you leave. and of course it was the age of jazz, cab calloway, uv blake, louis armstrong, duke ellington and so many, and so many others. it was a very rich period. and there was a sexual revolution in the 1920's. i think so
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