9780253223319

Colonial Blackness

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253223319

  • ISBN10:

    0253223318

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-29
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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).

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. x
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Writing Afro-Mexican Historyp. 1
Discipline and Culturep. 23
Genealogies of a Pastp. 58
Creolesp. 86
Provincial Black Lifep. 114
Local Blacknessp. 137
Narrating Freedomp. 161
Sinp. 183
Epilogue: Colonial Blackness?p. 210
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 225
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