Blacks, Coloureds and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

TitleBlacks, Coloureds and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Latin America
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsNaro, Nancy Priscilla
Number of Pages162
PublisherUniversity of London, Institute of Latin American Studies

This volume examines the political, cultural, and social role of the population with African background in the shaping of national identity in various Latin American countries. Slavery survived well into the nineteenth century in countries such as Brazil and Cuba; first its existence and then the dismantling of the institution strongly affected the definition of citizenship in the emerging nation-states. However, not all blacks were slaves, and a significant number of slaves gained their freedom during periods of war and other central events in the process of state formation. In addition to their direct participation in struggles of national significance, blacks also wrote on social, political, and cultural issues. Their involvement in politics—in elections, civil wars and revolutions, and in office—as well as in religious activities, family institutions, and civil associations, is investigated in terms of its broader significance to the forging of citizenship and national identity.

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