Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Liberty & Equality in Caribbean Colombia, 1770-1835

Helg, Aline (Fellow, 2000-01)

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

After Brazil and the United States, Colombia has the third-largest population of African-descended peoples in the Western hemisphere. Yet the country is commonly viewed as a nation of Andeans, whites, and mestizos (peoples of mixed Spanish and indigenous Indian ancestry). Aline Helg examines the historical roots of Colombia's treatment and neglect of its Afro-Caribbean identity within the comparative perspective of the Americas. Concentrating on the Caribbean region, she explores the role of free and enslaved peoples of full and mixed African ancestry, elite whites, and Indians in the late colonial period and in the processes of independence and early nation building.


Subjects: History; Afro-Caribbeans; Caribbean History; Colombian History; Race; Racial Identity; Social History