Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000
Oxford University Press, 2004 - 284 من الصفحات
While the rise and abolition of slavery and ongoing race relations are central themes of the history of the United States, the African diaspora actually had a far greater impact on Latin and Central America. More than ten times as many Africans came to Spanish and Portuguese America as the United States.
In this, the first history of the African diaspora in Latin America from emancipation to the present, George Reid Andrews deftly synthesizes the history of people of African descent in every Latin American country from Mexico and the Caribbean to Argentina. He examines how African peooples and their descendants made their way from slavery to freedom and how they helped shape and responded to political, economic, and cultural changes in their societies. Individually and collectively they pursued the goals of freedom, equality, and citizenship through military service, political parties, civic organizations, labor unions, religious activity, and other avenues.
Spanning two centuries, this tour de force should be read by anyone interested in Latin American history, the history of slavery, and the African diaspora, as well as the future of Latin America.
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... capital pun- ishment if they did not report for duty.28 But of course the slaves had not lost the desire to be free . Rather , they were far from certain that military service repre- sented the most likely way to obtain their freedom ...
... capital and the in- centive to expand and develop their landholdings . Black peasants with legal title to their land had some chance of resisting landowners ' encroachments and even of profiting from increased demand for their products ...
... capital into the region . Caribbean and Central Amer- ican elites , unwilling to risk alienating the American firms and officials on whom they now depended , and at the same time deeply resentful of that very depend- ence , vented their ...