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  • Books in Brief

The editorial office has received a number of edited volumes of articles that will be of interest to our readership. These works tend to be less suitable for unified reviews than monographs, and thus a considerable backlog has developed. To introduce these volumes, we occasionally list in this section the publication information and tables of contents entries for those we have received. The three volumes selected for this issue examine race and social mobilization in Latin America with a particular emphasis on Haiti.

Forging People: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in Hispanic America and Latino/a Thought. By Jorge J. E. Gracia. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011. Pp. xix, 376. Bibliography. Index. $30.00 paper.


Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in Hispanic American and Latino/a Thought
Jorge J. E. Gracia

Part I. The Colony and Scholasticism

The New Black Legend of Bartolomé de Las Casas: Race and Personhood
Ted Humphrey and Janet Burke

Part II. Independence and the Enlightenment

Men or Citizens? The Making of Bolivar’s Patria
José Antonio Aguilar Rivera

Andrés Bello: Race and National Political Culture
Iván Jaksic

Undoing “Race”: Marti’s Historical Predicament
Ofelia Schutte

Part III. New Nations and Positivism: Sarmiento on Barbarism, Race, and Nation Building

Ted Humphrey and Janet Burke

Justo Sierra and the Forging of a Mexican Nation
Oscar R. Marti [End Page 339]

Part IV. Challenges in the Twentieth Century

Rodó, Race, and Morality
Arleen Salles

Zarathustra Criollo: Vasconcelos on Race
Diego von Vacano

The Amauta’s Ambivalence: Mariátegui on Race
Renzo Llorente

Mestizaje, Mexicanidad, and Assimilation: Zea on Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality
Amy A. Oliver

Part V. Latinos/as in the United States

Latino/a Identity and the Search for Unity: Alcoff, Corlett, and Gracia
Elizabeth Millán and Ernesto Rosen Velásquez

The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development. By Millery Polyne. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. Pp. xxxvii, 320. Index. $75.00 Cloth; $25.00 paper.

Introduction. TO Make Visible the “Invisible Epistemological Order”: Haiti, Singularity, and Newness

Millery Polyne

Part I. Revolisyon/Kriz (Revolution/Crisis)

Haiti, the Monstrous Anomaly
Nick Nesbitt

Rethinking the Haitian Crisis
Greg Beckett

Remembering Charlemagne Péralte and His Defense of Haiti’s Revolution
Yveline Alexis

Part II. Moun/Demoun (Person/Dehumanized)

Haiti: Fantasies of Bare Life
Sibylle Fischer

The Violence of Executive Silence
Patrick Sylvain

Religion at the Epicenter: Agency and Affiliation in Léogâne after the Earthquake
Karen Richman

Part III. Èd (Aid)

The Alliance for Progress: A Case Study of Failure of International Commitments to Haiti
Wien Weibert Arthus [End Page 340]

Urban Planning and the Rebuilding of Port-au-Prince
Harley F. Etienne

Cholera and the Camps: Reaping the Republic of NGOs
Mark Schuller

From Slave Revolt to a Blood Pact with Satan: The Evangelical Rewriting of Haitian History
Elizabeth McAlister

Twenty-First Century Haiti—A New Normal? A Conversation with Four Scholars of Haiti
Alex Dupuy, Robert Fatton Jr., Évelyne Trouillot, and Tatiana Wah

Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History, A Play in Three Acts. By C. L. R. James. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. Pp. 240. Appendix. $23.95 paper.

Laurent Dubois

Introduction and Editorial Note
Christian Høgsbjerg

Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History The Complete Playscript (1934)

Act II, Scene 1, from Toussaint Louverture (1936)

The Production and Performance of Toussaint Louverture Notices, The Programme (1936), and Reviews


Sections by C. L. R. James

The Intelligence of the Negro A Century of Freedom

Slavery Today: A Shocking Exposure

‘Civilising’ the ‘Blacks’: Why Britain Needs to Maintain Her African Possessions

Letter from George Padmore to Dr. Alain Locke [“The Maverick Club]

A Unique Personality

Section by Paul Robeson

I Want Negro Culture [End Page 341]



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