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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 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.