ERIC Number: ED439045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Ybor City: Cigar Capital of the World. Teaching with Historic Places.
National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
This lesson provides a case study about a U.S. immigrant community of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and offers a contrast to the typical textbook coverage which emphasizes immigration from eastern and southern Europe to the big cities of the northern United States. The lesson focuses on Ybor City (now part of Tampa, Florida); it was a multi-ethnic, multi-racial industrial community in the Deep South, a section that traditionally had little industry and few immigrants. Explaining that the popularity of Cuban cigars in the United States combined with a high tariff on cigar imports led some Cuban cigar factory owners to move their factories to Florida and other parts of the United States, the lesson delineates the community of Ybor City with its Cuban immigrant life during the 1890s. Spaniards, Italians, Germans, and Romanian Jews also worked in the industry. The lesson is divided into the following sections which include maps, readings, photographs, and activities: (1) "Florida and Cuba"; (2) "The History of Ybor City"; (3) "Ybor City's Cigar Workers/Cigar Manufacturing Details"; (4) "Ybor City, Jose Marti, and the Spanish-American War"; (5) "Ybor Cigar Factory, c. 1886-90"; (6) "Cigar Workers' Houses"; (7) "Cigar Factory Workers at Ybor Factory, 1925"; (8) "L'Unione Italiana, 1919"; (9) "Circulo Cubano, 1926"; (10) "Centro Asturiano, 1925"; (11) "Evening Festivities at Centro Asturiano, 1920s"; (12) "Describing Ybor City"; (13) "The Immigrant Experience"; and (14) "Local Community History." (BT)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Characteristics, Cubans, Historic Sites, Immigrants, Immigration, Intermediate Grades, Local History, Manufacturing, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Tobacco, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240; For full text: http:// //www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/5lybor/5lybor.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
Identifiers - Location: Florida