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Stranger Encounters
The Impact of Tourists in Cuban Bed-and-Breakfasts
Kim E. Kozaki
Tourism is now considered the leading industry in Cuba. For Cubans, this tourist boom is providing welcome opportunities for self-employment and access to hard currency. Tourists looking to experience the country outside of large hotels and resorts often choose accommodations in casas particulares, the Cuban equivalent of bed-and-breakfasts, where the enter the private homes and everyday life of Cuban people. This...  More
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"For many tourists, casas particulares appear to be divided into two worlds: areas to which they had access and could use, which they referred to...  Read excerpt
2017, Caribbean Studies Press, 176pp, b & w illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-537-1 Cat# CSP 5371
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The Colour of Shadows
Images of Caribbean Slavery
This imaginative book throws new light on the closing years of Caribbean slavery and the lives of enslaved people of African descent before emancipation in Trinidad in 1834. The book centers on the drawings of plantation life by Richard Bridgens, an English-born artist who became a planter and slaveholder in Trinidad, and examines these, some of which are well known,...  More
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Judy Raymond, in a deeply researched and elegantly written book, has shed light on Bridgens career, and has closely analyzed his remarkable drawingsincluding a few...  Read review
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Its hard to exaggerate the newness of what Bridgens did in this book. As late as 1960, Derek Walcott wrote in the Trinidad Guardian about the...  Read excerpt
April 2016, Caribbean Studies Press, 199pp, 19 b & w illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-519-7 / Cat# 5197
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The Haitian Peasantry through Oral and Written Literature
Roumain, Alexis, Endore, Carpentier and Fountain
Toni Pressley-Sanon
The Haitian peasant has always been the backbone of the Haitian economy and a source of inspiration for writers. Their vital oral tradition informs the literature of and about Haiti, and the peasantry and folk traditions are valorized in the classic and contemporary works discussed in this text. The Haitian Peasantry in Oral and Written Literature is an ideal introduction...  More
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"Toni Pressley-Sanons work gives us a much needed, necessary critical analysis as she joins Haitis rich oral literature to its lengthy written tradition. The countrys...  Read review
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"As we see in the oral and written narratives discussed in this text, there are lessons to be gleaned from the conveyance of words. In the...  Read excerpt
2015, Caribbean Studies Press, 156pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-448-0
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A Spirited Butterfly
A History of Fashion in Trinidad and Tobago
Rosemary Stone
This lavishly illustrated book presents a historical perspective and a contemporary look at fashion design and manufacturing, as well as the role of the fashion industry in the social, cultural and economic development of Trinidad and Tobago. Chapters review the history of fashion development from 1834, after slavery, through the twentieth century and brings us to an exciting and new...  More
May 9, 2011, Caribbean Studies Press, 284pp, Perfect Binding, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-717-2
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The People's Poet
Life and Myth of Ismael Rivera, an Afro-Caribbean Icon
Rosa Elena Carrasquillo, associate professor Caribbean, Latin American and Latino History, College of the Holy Cross
At the height of his career in the 1970s, Ismael Rivera shared the stage with salsa greats such as Benny Mor, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, and is recognized as one, if not the most, important figure in this music. The Peoples Poet tells the fascinating story of Ismael Riveras life and the development of his iconic image among the...  More
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Carrasquillo masterfully brings us an exciting biography of the mythical singer that centers the story within the social, political and economic milieus that shaped Puerto...  Read review
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"After 1950...Puerto Ricans preferred 'authentic' expressions of Puerto Ricanness in music, and the plenas of Ismael and Cortijo's Combo gained in popularity...with a more frican...  Read excerpt
October 2014, Caribbean Studies Press, 260pp, 75 black & white illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-197-7 Cat # CSP1977
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Olympic Hero
Lennox Kilgour's Story
Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
This colorfully illustrated book tells the inspiring story of a young weightlifter from Trinidad and Tobago, the first to win an Olympic medal in his division for the twin-island republic. The reader learns about the challenges that Lennox Kilgour overcame with the help of coaches, fellow athletes, and his community, and his own determination to succeed.
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This book is a moving story of the athletes who were central to the sport of weightlifting at a time which can be described as...  Read review
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"Lift push squat feet apart elbow lifted head held up above the bar over and over and over.... No...  Read excerpt
January 2014, Caribbean Studies Press / Cat # CSP 1755, 48pp, 22 full-page color illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-175-5
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Theater of the French Caribbean
Traditions and Contemporary Stages
Stephanie Berard, Ph.D.
"Theater of the French Caribbean: Contemporary Stages and Traditions"is the first book to examine more than 50 years of Caribbean theater written and produced in French and Creole in Martinique and Guadeloupe. The work analyzes over 100 plays, as both texts and stage productions, written by Aim Csaire, Patrick Chamoiseau, Maryse Cond, Gerty Dambury, Julius Laou, George Mauvois, Michle Montantin,...  More
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An important book that breaks new ground in the area of French Caribbean literature, theatre and culture. It provides a rich cultural history of recent...  Read review
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"The importing of European culture, particularly of Western theater, to the French Caribbean did not end with the abolition of slavery in 1848, or with...  Read excerpt
November 2013, Caribbean Studies Press, 332pp, black and white illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-176-2
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Sugar, Slavery, Christianity and the Making of Race
Mark E. Boren, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Sugar, Slavery, Christianity and the Making of Race chronicles how the unprecedented demand for sugar radically transformed Western civilization at every level of society. The book details how technologies of human control developed in the African slave trade combined with missionary Christian theology to lay the foundations for the language, literature and cultural dictates of race we know today. Very readable...  More
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"This compelling (indeed, page-turning) study convincingly argues that the technologies, practices and ideologies developed forthe slave trade of the 17th and 18th centuries continue to...  Read review
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"Looking at the culture of European social refinement as linked directly to the rise in West Indies sugar and the African slave trades, we can begin...  Read excerpt
April, 2013, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat #: CSP0307, 196pp, 25 b & w illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-62632-030-7
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Carnival of Love--A Tale of a Bahamian Family
Ernestia Fraser
Carnival of LoveA Tale of a Bahamian Family is a memoir that explores the meaning of love and family in a fractured household. Set in the Bahamas, the story is told through the eyes of Maria Helix, one of nine children growing up in a stable and loving environment. With the sudden breakup of her comfortable family life and home,...  More
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2013, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat #: CSP9855, 140pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-9855
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Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer
Lorraine M. Lopez & Molly Crumpton Winter, editors
Rituals of Movement in the Writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer is the first book-length collection of scholarship on the writing of Judith Ortiz Cofer and establishes her as an important contemporary American author. Ten analytical essays and four interviews explore the complexity and originality of her work and her central themes of Puerto Rican identity, cross-cultural experience, and the...  More
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"Ortiz Cofer has been illuminating the Puerto Rican community's journeys back and forth between the Caribbean island and the U.S., between rural landscapes and urban...  Read excerpt
August 15, 2012, Caribbean Studies Press, Cat #: CSP8629, 308pp, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-862-2
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Masters of the Dew
Jacques Roumain, trans. Langston Hughes & Mercer Cook
This classic Haitian novel tells of the traditional rural life and people of Haiti, dominated by the natural world. This is a deeply powerful story of the harsh existence of peasant farmers struggling in a world both beautiful and unforgiving. The tale begins with the return of Manuel, a prodigal son, to his aging parents'homestead and the realities of subsistence agriculture...  More
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"His face, drenched with sweat, hardened, for what he saw was a grilled expanse of dirty rusty color spotted by a scattering of moldy huts....  Read excerpt
March, 2012, Caribbean Studies Press, 188pp, Softcover
ISBN 9781584328490 Cat # CSP849
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Cuba
The Struggle for Consumption
Anna C. Pertierra
For the past 20 years in Cuba, urban life has been characterized by a shortage of material resources, a decline in living standards, and an unpredictable and changing economy. By researching everyday activities in the island's second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba, this book presents a dynamic portrait of contemporary domestic life and consumer culture in Santiago de Cuba, which...  More
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"The daily experiences of being a consumer in a society where consumption is largely experienced as frustration and an absence of desirable goods has come...  Read excerpt
October 2011, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # CSP7530, 275pp, 14 b&w illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-753-0 Cat # CSP7530
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Social Networks and the Mental Health of Haitian Immigrants
Nicolas, DeSilva, Donnelly
Haitian immigration to the U.S. is steadily increasing, with Haitians comprising the 3rd largest ethnic group in the U.S. Stressors of discrimination and prejudice, combined with acculturation, may predispose Haitians to particular mental health problems. Scarce existing research suffers from a rudimentary understanding of Haitian life, and little is known about family and community life and acculturation. The authors aim to elucidate...  More
11/01/10, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # CSP 5664, 194pp, Paperback
ISBN 978-1-58432-686-1
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Music of the Indian Diaspora in Trinidad
Laxmi G. Tewari
The largely rural Indian diaspora in Trinidad traditionally placed great importance on ceremonial folk songs. Passing down these oral traditions is important in maintaining Indian philosophy and values. This book chronicles life-cycle ceremonies and festivals with their songs. Includes 222 songs in Devanagari script, followed by English translations. Music CD accompanies the book. Catalog #: CSP5661
11/01/10, Caribbean Studies Press, 290pp, Paperback with CD
ISBN 978-1-58432-647-2
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World Class Trinidad & Tobago
An Area of Abundance
Elliot Bastien & Sandra Bernard-Bastien
Virtually an Encyclopedia of Trinidad & Tobago, this book is the ideal vehicle for presenting our achievements to our young and not so young - particularly those who may be out of touch because they live abroad. Apart from its value as an impressive gift for family, friends, key clients and investors, World Class Trinidad & Tobago, an attractive full-color book...  More
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262pp, Full color photographs, Hard Cover
ISBN 978-9-76819-373-5
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Divergent Dictions
Contemporary Dominican Literature
Nstor E. Rodrguez
This translation of the well-received "Escrituras de Desencuentro en la Repblica Dominicana" examines the writings of Dominican and Dominican-American authors such as Junot Daz, Julia lvarez, Josafina Bez, Manuel Rueda, Rita Hernndez, Aurora Arias, and Silvio Torres-Saillant. The author posits that this work is a radical aesthetic enterprise challenging the Dominican cultural establishment. These writers represent Dominicanness as a diverse...  More
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"The oft-neglected, multifaceted, and complex literary production of the Dominican Republic is once more receiving the attention it deserves from scholars....."Divergent Dictions" is a short...  Read review
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"In the cultural production of the contemporary Hispanic Caribbean, there exist texts that are defined by their uncomfortable position in relation to the cultural doxa...  Read excerpt
10/01/10, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # CSP5660, 180pp, Paperback
ISBN 978-1-58432-654-0
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Vodou Brooklyn
Five Ceremonies with Mambo Marie Carmel
Stephanie Keith
This book is an intimate portrayal of a Haitian immigrant Vodou priestess. Color photographs and text document the young Mambo presiding over five distinct Vodou ceremonies held in one year in a single basement in Brooklyn, NY. By focusing on what happens in this transformed basement, the reader becomes personally involved with the people of this community through seeing them...  More
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"...I have never seen photography as respectful, as transcendent, as perfect as that of Stephanie Keith's..." Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Houngan Asogwe and Professor of Africology University of...  Read review
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"I began to follow Marie Carmel to all her various ceremonies....she started having small events in her apartment, and friends' apartments and at various rented...  Read excerpt
08/16/2010, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # CSP5662, 138pp, Full color photographs by Stephanie Keith, Paperback
ISBN 978-1-58432-670-0
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Fieldwork Identities in the Caribbean
Erin B. Taylor
What is it really like to do fieldwork? Answers to this question are as diverse as the researchers and the field sites they choose. Anthropologists no longer fit the stereotype of white Westerners going to exotic places to study people very different from themselves. Rather, anthropologists now come from a variety of backgrounds, and their identities are complicated, even to them. This...  More
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"This book emerged from a simple question posed to me by a graduate student in anthropology. She asked me,...  Read excerpt
12/15/2009, Caribbean Studies Press. Catalog Number: CSP6007, 258pp, Paperback
ISBN 978-1-58432-600-7
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Revolutionary Freedoms
A History of Survival, Strength, and Imagination in Haiti
Cecile Accilien, Ph.D., Columbus State University; Jessica Adams, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley; and Elmide Meleance, Montgomery County (MD) Schools, Editors
This new perspective on Haitian history features essays that augment the historical paintings of renowned contemporary Haitian-American artist, Ulrick Jean-Pierre. Poet, playwright, and scholar Kamau Brathwaite has written the powerful Foreword to this volume, which combines scholarship, experience, and inspiration to reveal the complex history of the island that Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic. Chapters cover pre-Columbian and colonial history;...  More
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From the Introduction: Although Haiti is in constant political and economic turmoil, the fact remains that the Haitian Revolution has been a crucial benchmark in the...  Read excerpt
2006, Caribbean Studies Press, 266pp, 45 full-color reproductions, Hardcover
ISBN 1-58432-293-4
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The Caribbean Woman Writer as Scholar
Creating, Imagining, Theorizing
Keshia N. Abraham with a Preface by Carole Boyce Davies
Caribbean / African Diaspora Series
What does it mean to be a Caribbean woman writer? Shall I write about being from the Caribbean or about being a woman?...And in what ways am I to differentiate being a writer from being a scholar? Should any such differentiation be made? The first volume in The Caribbean / African Diaspora Series, this collection of incisive and provocative essays...  More
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This dynamic resource offers several outstanding chapters on creative theorizing (what it means to be a Caribbean writer and scholar) and one...  Read review
September, 2009, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # 5658, 462pp, Includes color illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-565-9
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Who is Who in the Haitian Diaspora
Fequiere Vilsaint and Maude Heurtelou
This book is a comprehensive reference containing the biographies of outstanding men and women engaged in a wide range of professions and located outside of Haiti. Each biography details the individual's accomplishment, often accompanied by a photograph.
2008, Educa Vision, Inc., 252pp, b & w photos, Perfect binding (softcover)
ISBN 1584324910
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Immigration and Politics in the Caribbean
Japanese and Other Immigrants in the Dominican Republic
Valentina Peguero
A revealing study of 20th century immigration and racial politics in the Dominican Republic. The little-known settlements of Japanese immigrants in the Dominican Republic are the basis for this richly informed history of 20th century migration to the Caribbean and Latin America. Yet the connection of Japan to the region is strong, with a considerable volume of trade and approximately 1.5...  More
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"A study of one of the more obscure communities in the multicultural Caribbean, the Japanese who immigrated to the Dominican Republic in the 1950s, Peguero...  Read review
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"From White to Non-Black: A Change in Tone in Immigration Guidelines Structured around contradictory notions of inclusion and exclusion in order to attract the flow of...  Read excerpt
July, 2008, Caribbean Studies Press Cat # CSP 4829, 326pp, with black and white photos, softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-482-9
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Fine Haitian Cuisine
A Broad Collection of Haitian Recipes
Mona Cassion Mnager
A wide-ranging collection of Haitian home-style recipes for delicious, authentic, and traditional dishes. The book is the expression of Mrs. Mnager's lifelong love and appreciation of Haitian food. Thoughtful suggestions accompany the recipe and a useful glossary is also provided. Fine Haitian Cuisine is a gastronomic delight, an extraordinary trip through good memories, traditions, and a way of...  More
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From the Publisher: Haitian cuisine, with its strong African and French influences, holds a unique position in the world of Caribbean cooking. The food is hearty,...  Read review
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From the Introduction: Haitian Cuisine is Creole and is derived mostly from African and French cuisines, with a dash of Native American and Spanish influence. In...  Read excerpt
2005, Educa Vision, Inc., 450pp, Color illustrations, Hardcover
ISBN 1-58432-370-1
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Vodou, a Sacred Theatre
The African Heritage in Haiti
Marie-Jose Alcide Saint-Lot, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
This important study examines the relationship between Vodou and theatre, demonstrating that Vodou, like other rituals, encompasses theatrical and dramatic elements that give it the character of sacred theatrer. This work is not limited to a theoretical analysis of various elements of the theater in relation to Vodou, but presents observations on actual Vodou ceremonies and interviews and testimonies from...  More
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"Vodou, a Sacred Theatre is a work of intellectual weaving and braiding. Here one finds, skillfully entwined, reflections on ritual and drama, religion and entertainment,...  Read review
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From Chapter III, Theatrical Elements of Vodou: As in acting where the performer must follow the convention of a play, in Vodou, the theatricality of possession...  Read excerpt
2003, Educa Vision, Inc., 220pp, 75 color illustrations; additional black and white illustrations, Hardcover
ISBN 1-58432-177-6
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Fifty Days on Board of a Slave Vessel
Pacoe G.Hill
A true and chilling account of life on a slave ship and the horrible business of slavery by the Chaplain aboard the H.M.S. Cleopatra in the Mozambique Channel in 1842. Catalog #: B163
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From "A Visit to Rio de Janeiro" I attended on the slave-auctions which take place usually every week, having been previously advertised in the Gazettes. About...  Read excerpt
2002, Educa Vision, Inc., 166pp, Softcover
ISBN 0-933121-46-6
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Pawl Lakay
Haitian Creole Language and Culture for Beginner and Intermediate Learners
Frenand Leger
Pawol Lakay is a complete first and second year set of Kreyol materials designed for beginners and intermediate learners at the college level. It is the most comprehensive resource for the teaching and learning of Kreyol available on the market. This textbook adopts a pragmatic approach to the teaching of language: emphasizing the value of communicative competence, functional language use,...  More
2011, Educa Vision Inc, 481pp, Cover Design By: Louise Canuto, Paperback
ISBN 978584326878
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Education, Assimilation, and Caribbean Identity
The Literary Journey of the French Caribbean
Marie Leticee, Ph.D.
A far-reaching and critical study of the role of education in shaping Caribbean identity. Perceptive studies of the literature and scholarship of French Caribbean writers are framed in the context of the foreign educational curriculum imposed on the people of these islands. Original research and literature analysis are combined in this syncretic approach to the development of the Caribbean...  More
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"Accepting assimilation into French culture meant that they could no longer define themselves as Antilleans. They were now defined by the other as a sub-group....Hence....  Read excerpt
June, 2009, Caribbean Studies Press, 228pp, Softcover
ISBN 978-1-58432-554-3 Cat# CSP5543
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