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Auto Workers, Race, and Food in Sleepy Hollow

Cuban sandwich, recipes below
I recently completed a book project on Black and Latino coalitions in New York 1959 to 1989. In the process of doing research over many years, I've come across some very interesting sources on the importance of space and race relations particularly union halls and eateries. For example, on the General Motors (GM) assembly line in North Tarrytown in the 1960s, the auto union to which all blue-collar workers at the plant belonged created a solidarity between African American and Latinos that made them feel comfortable eating Cuban fritas (Cuban-style hamburgers), Cuban empanadas, and a traditional Cuban sandwich together at nearby Corona’s Luncheonette. “I had customers from all parts of the world, Cubans, Venezuelans, all kinds of Hispanics” and “a lot of African Americans,” recalls Cuban immigrant and owner Francisco Corona. He estimates that he had more African American customers than Hispanics because perhaps twice as many of them worked at the plant in the 1960s. While black and Latino workers at the plant remained united, older blacks and Latinos in the town remained largely segregated based on race, language, and customs.

Traditional Cuban sandwich recipe: http://hubpages.com/hub/Cuban_Sandwich_Recipe

Vegan Cuban sandwich recipe: http://www.veganhappyhour.com/?p=367



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