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Black Cosmopolitanism: Racial Consciousness and Transnational Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Americas
What are the perceived differences among African Americans, West Indians, and Afro Latin Americans? What are the hierarchies implicit in those perceptions, and when and how did these develop? For Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo the turning point came in the wake of the Haitian Revolution of 1804. The uprising was significant because it not only brought into being the first Black rep ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by University of Pennsylvania Press
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Nwankwo's fundamental point in this book is that nineteenth-century black intellectuals like Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, the Cubans Plácido and Juan Francisco Manzano, and Mary Prince developed notions of blackness that were, in their own ways, transnational. One of the consequences of the Haïtian Revolution was that white people demanded that black people -- particularly the ones who seemed to want access to more rights -- define themselves in relation to the blood shed in Haïti. Ultimat ...more