Slavery, War, and Revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean

History 103E.002

Fall 2014
Day & Time: 
Tu 12-2P

This course will examine a century of warfare, revolution, and rebellion in Latin America and the Caribbean, from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries.  Within 100 years, two institutions crucial to the settlement of the Americas—imperial rule and African slavery—had been largely destroyed.  How did this come to be?  What was the relationship between the struggles for personal and political emancipation?  How have the forces of anticolonialism, antislavery, and antiracism converged and conflicted in the Latin American and Caribbean past?  In this course, we will investigate an array of rebellions and insurgencies, some successful and some not, as well as their social, political, and cultural contexts, the linkages between them, and the debates among historians about their interpretations.  While the majority of the course will deal with earlier times, we will also include a final unit that connects with twentieth-century Latin American revolutionary movements.  

Course Books

Insurgent Cuba: Race, Nation, and Revolution, 1868-1898 by Ferrer, Ada UNC Chapel Hill. ISBN: 9780807847831 Required
Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation by Scott, Rebecca and Jean Hebrard Harvard University Press. ISBN: 9780674047747 Required
Revolution in the Andes by Serulnikov, Sergio Duke University Press. ISBN: 9780822354987 Required