Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico (Blacks in the Diaspora) (Paperback)

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Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico (Blacks in the Diaspora) (Paperback)

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Asking readers to imagine a history of Mexico narrated through the experiences of Africans and their descendants, this book offers a radical reconfiguration of Latin American history. Using ecclesiastical and inquisitorial records, Herman L. Bennett frames the history of Mexico around the private lives and liberty that Catholicism engendered among enslaved Africans and free blacks, who became majority populations soon after the Spanish conquest. The resulting history of 17th-century Mexico brings forth tantalizing personal and family dramas, body politics, and stories of lost virtue and sullen honor. By focusing on these phenomena among peoples of African descent, rather than the conventional history of Mexico with the narrative of slavery to freedom figured in, Colonial Blackness presents the colonial drama in all its untidy detail.

Herman L. Bennett is Professor of History at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolutism, Christianity, and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570-1640 (IUP, 2003).
Product Details ISBN: 9780253223319
ISBN-10: 0253223318
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: November 29th, 2010
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Blacks in the Diaspora