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Café Con Leche & Don Quixote: Life in the Cigar Factories
The cigar workers were a unique society in working America at the turn of the century. Although they worked in the factories and received wages, they were not what we would consider "blue collar workers". They were skilled labor and prided themselves on their professional abilities. They came to work dressed in white shirts and ties.
An important institution in Ybor City was the "lector." The workers chose this reader and the literature that he read. The mornings were devoted to various newspapers. In the afternoons their attention turned to fiction. Frequently the choice was a great novel such as those by Cervantes, Emile Zola or Victor Hugo; or, upon request, the lector might read the libretto or script from an opera scheduled to be performed in Ybor City the following week.
The result of this lector system was that the workers of Ybor City became educated even if they couldn't read. They knew the latest current events taking place in the nation and the world. They also became acquainted with world literature of importance. The success of the lectors eventually led to their demise in the factories. As labor unrest and political strife increased in the 1920's and 1930's, the factory owners became fearful the the ideas spread by the lectors would lead to labor unrest and even revolution; so they did away with the lectors and radios became the entertainment of the workers in the cigar industry.
Text and photos provided by Ybor City Museum Society.
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