Abstract

Abstract:

The role played by free people of color in the Spanish American independence movements is at the center of this essay. Their ambiguous status makes them a privileged group to study when examining the negotiation and formation of racial identity as well as the definition of citizenship requirements in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Through an analysis of the contributions made by recent studies, this article proposes a historiographical survey of the transformation of racial and social hierarchies and of the shaping of new citizenship rights during the crisis of the Spanish Empire and the independence wars.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 143-156
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-31
Open Access
No
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