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The Jews of Key West by Arlo Haskell | Art Loft 713 Segment


KEY WEST, FL – Cigar manufacturing in Key West is often told as a Cuban story. And while the island country did have a meaningful impact, the industry was actually started by the Jewish community in Key West. Writer and historian Arlo Haskell reveals this history and more in his latest book, The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar Makers, and Revolutionaries (1823-1969). “I'm fascinated by untold histories or by secrets...and this book is full of that. My first phase of research was kind of trying to…fact check family stories,” says Haskell. One of those family stories includes one of his book’s main characters – Lewis Fine – and his involvement with Cuban freedom fighter José Martí. Listen as Haskell explains the connection between the Jewish population and the fight for Cuban independence. BEYOND THE EPISODE: To find out more about the book and purchase, visit: Instagram: @keywestliteraryseminar

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