Colonial Blackness: A History Of Afro-mexico

Paperback | November 29, 2010

byHerman L. Bennett

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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.

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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 enge...

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).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.66 inPublished:November 29, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253223318

ISBN - 13:9780253223319

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Writing Afro-Mexican History
1. Discipline and Culture
2. Genealogies to a Past
3. Creoles
4. Provincial Black Life
5. Local Blackness
6. Narrating Freedom
7. Sin
Epilogue: Colonial Blackness?
Bibliography
Index

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"What light is shed upon old topics when new sources are examined! In this major work on Afro-Mexican and, really, general Spanish American history, Bennett prowls through the neglected Mexican archival records [and] uncovers a vibrant black community developing its own customs and practices.... In place of a weak, shattered individualistic society... Bennett's Afro-Mexicans were a community that soon counted a majority of freedman living in an urban setting. What a contract with the Afro-Cuban slave society evolving to the east.... Highly recommended." -Choice