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Week 3: Rights in Reform

Rights in Reform: Liberalism, Popular Liberalism

What were the nineteenth-century state-builders views on citizenship? Was state formation simply a top-down process? What was the impact of “everyday forms of state formation” on the development of ideas of citizenship an human rights? Should the abolitionist movement have a place in the history of Human Rights? How should that history be written (e.g. which protagonists and social actors should be considered)?

Core Readings:

Joanna Crow, "Troubled Negotiations: The Mapuche and the Chilean State (1818-1830)", Bulletin of Latin American Research, vol 36. 2017, pp. 285 298.


Jeffrey D. Needell. The Sacred Cause. The Abolitionist Movement, Afro-Brazilian Mobilization and Imperial Politics in Rio de Janeiro. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020. (Introduction)


Camillia Cowling, "Debating Womanhood, Defining Freedom: The Abolition of Slavery in Rio de Janeiro," Gender & History, 22:2 (August 2010): 284-301

Practical Assignment Preparation:

Aníbal Quijano is a well-known Peruvian social scientist who has written about Latin American development, modernity and "decoloniality" and Andean history and culture. Here, he take a long view of the history of Latin America since the conquest to talk about contemporary events in 2007. What themes does he touch on? Is this a useful piece of public history written for a public audience?

Aníbal Quijano, "Recovering Utopia",NACLA, 2007.


Look at this article which discusses the use of abolitionist strategies to protest against the US immigration system. Who do you think the target readership might be?

Jennie Rose Nelson. "Abolish ICE! Fighting for Humanity over Profit in Immigration Policy." NACLA, 2019.


Look at this blog by Erika Edwards, Associate Professor of Colonial Latin American History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, in which she historicizes her experience in Argentina. What do you think about it as a piece of public history?

 Erika Edwards, Pardo is the New Black: The Urban Origins of Argentina’s Myth of Black Disappearance Global Urban History

Background Reading:

Andrew Dawson,Latin America since Independence: A History with Primary Sources, 2011. (Chapters 2 and 3)

Oxford Handbook, "Slavery in Brazil".

Further Reading:

George Reid Andrews.The Afro-Argentines of Buenos Aires, 1800-1900. University of Wisconsin Press: Madison, Wisconsin, 1980.

Carmagnani, Marcello. The Other West : Latin America from Invasion to Globalization, University of California Press, 2011. (Chapter 4)

Celso Castilho. Slave Emancipation and Transformations in Brazilian Political Citizenship. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016.

Camillia Cowling, Conceiving Freedom: Women of Colour, Gender and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

Camillia Cowling, "As a Slave Woman and as a Mother: Women and the Abolition of Slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro," Caribbean special issue (ed. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara), Social History, 26:3 (August 2011), 294-311

Camillia Cowling, "Debating Womanhood, Defining Freedom: The Abolition of Slavery in Rio de Janeiro," Gender & History, 22:2 (August 2010): 284-301

Camillia Cowling, "Funding Freedom, Popularizing Politics: Abolitionism and Local Emancipation Funds in 1880s Brazil," co-authored with Celso Castilho, Luso-Brazilian Review, 47:1 (Spring 2010): 89-120.

José Carlos Chiaramonte, 'The Ancient Constitution After Independence (1808-1852).' Hispanic American Historical Review 1 August 2010; 90 (3): 455–488.

Erika Denise Edwards. “The Making of a White Nation: The Disappearance of the Black Population in Argentina.History Compass.16:7 2018.

Carlos A. Forment. Democracy in Latin America, 1760-1900. Volume 1, Civic selfhood and public life in Mexico and Peru University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Peter Guardino, “Barbarism or Republican Law? Guerrero's Peasants and National Politics, 1820-1846”, Hispanic American Historical Review

Charles Hale. The Transformation of Liberalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Mexico. Princeton University Press, 1989.

Charles Hale, “The reconstruction of nineteenth-century politics in Latin America: a case for the study of ideas.”, Latin American Research Review, 5:2, 1973.

Alan Knight, "Rethinking Informal Empire in Latin America (Especially Argentina)", Bulletin of Latin American Research. 27: 1, 2008, 23-48.

Brooke Larson. Trials of Nation Making : Liberalism, Race, and Ethnicity in the Andes, 1810 -1910. Cambridge University Press.

Florencia E. Mallon. Peasant and nation: the making of postcolonial Mexico and Peru. University of California Press 1995.

Vincent C. Peloso and Barbara Tenenbaum (eds.) Liberals, Politics and Power: State Formation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America. University of Georgia Press, 1996.

Tristan Platt. "Liberalism and ethnocide in the southern Andes", History Workshop Journal No. 17, (Spring 1984), 3-18.

Guy P. C. Thomson, “Popular Aspects of Liberalism in Mexico, 1848-1888, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 10, No. 3 (1991), pp. 265-292.

Sabato, Hilda. Republics of the New World. The Revolutionary Political Experiment in Nineteenth-Century Latin America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.

James E. Sanders, "Citizens of a Free People": Popular Liberalism and Race in Nineteenth-Century Southwestern Colombia, Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 84, No. 2 (May, 2004), pp. 277-313.

James E. Sanders. The Vanguard of the Atlantic World: Creating Modernity, Nation and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Latin America. Journal of World History. 20:1, 2019.

James E. Sanders, “Atlantic Republicanism in Nineteenth-Century Colombia.Journal of World History. 20:1, 2019.

Fiona Wilson. “Indian Citizenship and the Discourse of Hygiene/ Disease in Nineteenth-Century" Bulletin of Latin American Research, 23:2, 2004. 165-180.