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An African American and Latinx History of the United States

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

eBook - 2018
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An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights
Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Scholar and activist Paul Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress as exalted by widely taught formulations like “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy,” and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms US history into one of the working class organizing against imperialism.
Drawing on rich narratives and primary source documents, Ortiz links racial segregation in the Southwest and the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the twentieth century, to May 1, 2006, known as International Workers’ Day, when migrant laborers—Chicana/os, Afrocubanos, and immigrants from every continent on earth—united in resistance on the first “Day Without Immigrants.” As African American civil rights activists fought Jim Crow laws and Mexican labor organizers warred against the suffocating grip of capitalism, Black and Spanish-language newspapers, abolitionists, and Latin American revolutionaries coalesced around movements built between people from the United States and people from Central America and the Caribbean. In stark contrast to the resurgence of “America First” rhetoric, Black and Latinx intellectuals and organizers today have historically urged the United States to build bridges of solidarity with the nations of the Americas.
Incisive and timely, this bottom-up history, told from the interconnected vantage points of Latinx and African Americans, reveals the radically different ways that people of the diaspora have addressed issues still plaguing the United States today, and it offers a way forward in the continued struggle for universal civil rights.
2018 Winner of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award


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Jan 19, 2021

There are books and other writings that I consider necessary to be an educated citizens. Like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, A People's History of the United States, and now this book. You don't know your own country until you know its African American and Latinx history.

The Country belongs to all of us now - and it was stolen from the First People, the Africans brought here in chains (and their descendants) - as opposed to those of us Africans who stopped in Europe for 10s of thousands of years on our way here, and the Latinx people - descendants of First people and the Spanish Empire.

Read it. Celebrate your true culture and politics. Resist bigotry.

Aug 11, 2020

An important, illuminating corrective to the (mostly) white history we were taught in school. Critics will call it "revisionist" history, but it's more a history that adds and deepens history. This is part of a series, which can best be described as counter-narratives to American myths.


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