Michelle Name Drops During her testimony

Michelle Testifying for Danny

Michelle Testifying for Danny

Michelle drops the name Jose Marti during her testimony. Marti is the one actual name dropped during Michelle’s testimony to the beauty and richness of Cuban culture, that no matter what people in Springfield think there was more to Cuba than Castro and the mob.

See Michelle’s testimony here:

Jose Marti, Revolutionary and Poet

Jose Marti (Work also found under Martí y Peréz, José Julián; Martí, José Julián) was an essayist and poet in addition to leading Cuban’s independence movement and is considered the father of Cuban independence from Spain’s colonial rule. His Manifesto de Montecristi outlined the goals and “rules of war” for the rebellion. Despite falling fairly early in the war, which lasted from 1895-1898, his influence continued to be felt. This is the war that featured the explosion of the USS Maine (of “Remember the Maine!” fame). That incident brought the United States into the war on the side of the revolutionary movement and helped defeat Spain. Sadly instead of working at building up Cuba with its own democratic government the United States stepped in as a new colonial power. The ramification of that terrible decision are still felt today.
Today Marti is generally considered one of the greatest authors from anywhere in South America. His first poem was published by a newspaper when he was only 16 and his life included attending a university in Spain, marrying a fellow Cuban exile (named Carmen), and moving all around Latin America in hopes of raising an army to fight for freedom in Cuba before he did just that. He packed a lot into his all too short life, January 28, 1853 – May 19, 1895.

What They Read

Since Michelle specifically mentions poetry and reading to each other, I’m thinking maybe this is the book they read of his poetry in Spanish and English. I could picture them reading to each other out of this and it came out in the late 1990s. Check out Marti’s words in this or other titles.

Major Sources

These two were the major sources I used in writing this, but they do require a log in.

Cuba, War of Independence Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture Ed. Jay Kinsbruner and Erick D. Langer. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2008. p709-711. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning

“Jose Marti.” Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resource Center. Web. 12 May 2016.

For Some Free Information

Also, find some examples of his poetry here:

Scroll down to the second part of this article for more on Marti’s effect today:

Find a more in depth biography:

Recently I came across this list of books about Cuba and Cuban culture, you may enjoy reading to drive Michelle’s point home more fully.


Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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