Throughout george reid andrews book, afro-latin america, and the collection of works presented in racial politics in contemporary brazil, each of the authors provide an intricate and detailed analysis of race-relations across latin america (more broadly), and brazil andrews’ work provides a unique challenge to the notion that latin american.
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.
By the end of the 1900s, afro-latin americans outnumbered afronorth americans by three to one (110 million and 35 million, respectively) and formed, on average, almost twice as large a proportion of their respective populations (22 percent in latin america, 12 percent in the united states.
George reid andrews is ucis research professor of history at the university of pittsburgh he is the author of the afro-argentines of buenos aires, 1800-1900 and blacks and whites in são paulo, brazil, 1888-1988. Afro-latin america: black lives, 1600-2000 by george reid andrews of the almost 11 million africans who came to the americas between 1500 and 1870, two-thirds came to spanish america and brazil over four centuries, africans and their descendants—both free and enslaved—participated in the political, social, and cultural movements that indelibly shaped their countries’ colonial and post-independence pasts. George reid andrews seeks to redress this damaging omission by making visible the past and present lives and labors of black latin americans in their new world home he cogently reconstructs the afro-latin heritage from the paper trail of slavery and freedom, from the testimonies of individual black men and women, from the writings of visiting african-americans, and from the efforts of activists and scholars of the twentieth century to bring the afro-latin heritage fully into public view. 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.
Andrews excellently breaks down latin america's racial history from the times of slavery to the modern day he argues that latin america's racial policies of whitening, for example in brazil and cuba, were highly damaging to its race relation. Andrews' afro-latin american is a compelling historical narrativesuch a work is long overdue—dwame dixon, latin american research review the title and the text of the book may be brief, but reid andrews' latest work is an impressively thorough survey of the experiences of afro-latin americans from the independence era to the present.
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