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Forging People
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Forging People explores the way in which Hispanic American thinkers in Latin America and Latino/a philosophers in the United States have posed and thought about questions of race, ethnicity, and nationality, and how they have interpreted the most significant racial and ethnic labels used in Hispanic America in connection with issues of rights, nationalism, power, and identity. Following the first introductory chapter, each of the essays addresses one or more influential thinkers, ranging from Bartolomé de Las Casas on race and the rights of Amerindians; to Simon Bolívar's struggle with questions of how to forge a nation from disparate populations; to modern and contemporary thinkers on issues of race, unity, assimilation, and diversity. Each essay carefully and clearly presents the views of key authors in their historical and philosophical context and provides brief biographical sketches and reading lists, as aids to students and other readers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xix
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  1. 1. Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in Hispanic American and Latino/a Thought
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part I. The Colony and Scholasticism
  2. p. 29
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  1. 2. The New Black Legend of Bartolomé de Las Casas: Race and Personhood
  2. pp. 31-54
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  1. Part II. Independence and the Enlightenment
  2. p. 55
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  1. 3. Men or Citizens? The Making of Bolívar’s Patria
  2. pp. 57-84
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  1. 4. Andrés Bello: Race and National Political Culture
  2. pp. 85-98
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  1. 5. Undoing “Race”: Martí’s Historical Predicament
  2. pp. 99-123
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  1. Part III. New Nations and Positivism
  2. p. 125
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  1. 6. Sarmiento on Barbarism, Race, and Nation Building
  2. pp. 127-151
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  1. 7. Justo Sierra and the Forging of a Mexican Nation
  2. pp. 152-178
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  1. Part IV. Challenges in the Twentieth Century
  2. p. 179
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  1. 8. Rodó, Race, and Morality
  2. pp. 181-202
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  1. 9. Zarathustra Criollo: Vasconcelos on Race
  2. pp. 203-227
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  1. 10. The Amauta’s Ambivalence: Mariátegui on Race
  2. pp. 228-248
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  1. 11. Mestizaje, mexicanidad, and Assimilation: Zea on Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality
  2. pp. 249-268
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  1. Part V. Latinos/as in the United States
  2. p. 269
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  1. 12. Latino/a Identity and the Search for Unity: Alcoff, Corlett, and Gracia
  2. pp. 271-302
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 303-327
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 328-349
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