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

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Edited by Nancy Priscilla Naro . Published 2002. ISBN 9781900039475

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These essays examine 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 considered in terms of the broader significance to the forging of citizenship and national identity. These essays examine 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 considered in terms of the broader significance to the forging of citizenship and national identity.