Latin American History

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  • 28 Feb 2024
    Susan Kellogg

    Aztecs: Image and Reality

    When I tell anyone what I study, people (even sometimes other academics) think it’s weird, distasteful, or just arcane. If the Indigenous population of the Americas is often seen as an “other,” then Aztecs are the other of the other. In seeking to dispel that notion, I wrote A Concise History of the Aztecs to […]

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  • 11 Dec 2023
    Agnes Gehbald

    The Reach of Reading Material under Colonial Conditions

    Literate white men of European descent were the most common readers in the past. At least that seems to be the case if we look at the history of books and reading. Indeed, these men wrote, published, and read plenty of books, as a large body of scholarship has shown for Europe – the cradle […]

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  • 12 Oct 2023
    Nino Vallen

    Mobility and Identity-Making in the Early Modern Spanish World

    On October 8, 1565, a carrack commanded by the young captain Juan de Salcedo and piloted by the Augustinian friar Andrés de Urdaneta entered the port of Acapulco in New Spain. It was the first time that a Spanish ship successfully completed the long eastbound journey between the Asian and American continents. The discovery of […]

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  • 15 Jul 2022
    Miguel A. Valerio

    Studying Genealogies of Black Sovereignty and Joy

    Scholars have long argued that slavery deprived men and women of African descent of sovereignty and that the violence it visited daily on their bodies and psyche closed all possibilities of joy. Indeed, in the summer of 2020, it was hard to think about Black sovereignty and joy as I wrapped up the book. But […]

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  • 19 May 2022
    Susan Eva Eckstein

    Cuban Privilege

    On May 1, 2006 approximately three-fourths of a million unauthorized immigrants across America courageously absented themselves from their jobs to participate in “The Day without Immigrants,” to convince owners of businesses and members of Congress how important immigrants were to the economy. Congress at the time was deliberating legislation to determine whether to legalize or […]

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  • 4 Nov 2021
    Crystal Nicole Eddins

    New Perspectives on the Haitian Revolution

    How and why did the Haitian Revolution happen? How did enslaved people from varying backgrounds come together to orchestrate the most radical political event of the modern era – the only revolt of enslaved people to abolish slavery, overturn colonialism, and create the first free and independent Black nation in the Americas? These and other […]

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  • 2 Mar 2021
    Frederico Freitas

    The “National” in National Parks

    When sections of the Amazon rainforest burned in 2019, Brazilian far-right president Jair Bolsonaro blamed international NGOs. The charge, however, was a bluff to deflect criticism of his failure to protect the forest. It turns out it was local Brazilian ranchers, many of them Bolsonaro supporters, the ones behind the largest fires. Accusing international NGOs […]

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  • 4 Jun 2020
    Theodore W. Cohen

    Mexico and the African Diaspora

    This year, Mexico will determine how many of its citizens identify as Afro-Mexican in its 2020 census. Previously, the federal government had only asked about the nation’s African heritage with an intercensal survey conducted in 2015, when 1.4 million people claimed cultural or ancestral roots in Africa. The last five years sit in stark contrast […]

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