Consuelo E. Stebbins makes available for the first lime in English a classic text in Cuban history, documenting a crucial event in the history of Cuba's independence movement. The execution of 8 medical students and imprisonment of 31 of their colleagues for defacing the tomb of loyalist hero Gonzalo Castanon inflamed anticolonial sentiment and rallied popular support to the first armed Cuban resistance to colonial rule. The incident brought international condemnation of King Amadeo of Spain and marked the beginning of the end for the Spanish government in Cuba.Valdes Dominguez's text is an eyewitness account, chronicling events leading up to the massacre and following its aftermath through the imprisonment of the survivors, the ensuing riots in Havana, and official and unofficial reaction. Beyond its historical value, it is a literary landmark. Dominguez (above, with Jose Marti on right) captures the passion of the independence movement in his account of efforts to vindicate the memory of theslain students.The Stebbins translation preserves both the historical and the literary qualities of the original text while enriching it with a selection of contemporary reaction from the foreign press and with foreign consulate correspondence that offers different interpretations of events. Her work will provide a valuable resource for scholars of Cuban and Spanish colonial history and for students of testimonial narrative.Tragedy in Havana: November 27, 1871, 1st was published 2000 under ISBN 9780813017471 and ISBN 0813017475.