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Andrews, George Reid. Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010

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Elizabeth Kiddy

Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of History, Albright College
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Recent work in Latin American History has uncovered some surprising new insights on nation and identity, especially African identity within traditionally self-identified white nations. George Reid Andrews, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, was one of the founders of this line of research, and continues to be a major contributor to this growing field. His first monograph, The Afro-Argentines of Buenos Aires, 1800-1900 (University of Wisconsin Press, 1980) paved the way for a whole generation of scholars interested in exploring the African past of Latin America outside of Brazil and the Caribbean. His general history, Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000 (Oxford University press, 2004) offered a comparative look at the history of blackness in Latin America, and became an important text in classrooms exploring the topic. Andrews’ new work, Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay, published by The University of North Carolina Press, provides another important contribution to this emerging field. This monograph explores the history of Africans and their descendents, and their interface with the increasingly self-identified “white” nation of Uruguay, from 1830 to the present. His main argument is that although the Afro-Uruguayan cultural expression called Candombe has helped Uruguayans be aware of the presence of an African past, it has done little to lessen racial stereotypes and break down discriminatory practices in that nation.

How to Cite: Kiddy, E., (2012). Andrews, George Reid. Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 25(1), pp.67–69. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/110
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Published on 01 Jan 2012.

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