Africans to Spanish America

Africans to Spanish America : Expanding the Diaspora

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Africans to Spanish America expands the diaspora framework to include Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Cuba, exploring the connections and disjunctures between colonial Latin America and the African diaspora in the Spanish empires. Analysis of the regions of Mexico and the Andes opens up new questions of community formation that incorporated Spanish legal strategies in secular and ecclesiastical institutions as well as articulations of multiple African identities. The volume is arranged around three sub-themes: identity construction in the Americas; the struggle by enslaved and free people to present themselves as civilized, Christian, and resistant to slavery; and issues of cultural exclusion and inclusion. Contributors are Joan Cameron Bristol, Nancy E. van Deusen, Leo Garafalo, Herbert S. Klein, Charles Beatty Medina, Karen Y. Morrison, Rachel Sarah O'Toole, Frank "Trey" Proctor, and Michele B. Reid.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 144.78 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0252080017
  • 9780252080012

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"Africans to Spanish America is both useful and provocative, with chapters drawing on a range of methodological approaches to explore the complexities and nuances of racial identity in diverse Spanish American societies."-- Journal of Latin American Studies "Aside from "expanding" diasporic history geographically, Africans to Spanish America also reminds us that between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries the experiences of people of African descent in Spanish America were more varied than the paradigmatic plantation-centered historiography of the Caribbean and Brazil has implied."--New West Indiana Guide "A page-turning secret society history based on solid research and accuracy."--Southern Historian "A pioneering effort to write the history of Africans in colonial Spanish America using the African diaspora paradigm. The authors fully demonstrate the considerable potential of this approach."--Kris Lane, author of The Colour of Paradise: The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empiresshow more

About Sherwin K. Bryant

Sherwin K. Bryant is an assistant professor of African American studies and history at Northwestern University. Rachel Sarah O'Toole is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. Ben Vinson III is a professor of Latin American history and the director of the Africana Research Center at Johns Hopkins University.show more

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