An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged revisionist history, arguing that Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa--otherwise known as "The Global South"--were crucial to the development of America as we know it. Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress,...

Details An African American and Latinx History of the United States

TitleAn African American and Latinx History of the United States
Release DateJan 30th, 2018
PublisherBeacon Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Race, Social Movements, Social Justice, Historical

Reviews An African American and Latinx History of the United States

  • Jordan
    Much like An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, this book is part of the ReVisioning American History series. Having just finished the former, I was stoked to see the latter on Edelweiss available for download and review, and immediately snapped it up.This book covers the American Revolution through to present day, and covers everything from the juxtaposition of the American Revolution with the Haitian Revolution; the Civil War and...
  • Andre
    Books like this are very important, for they shine a most valuable light on those corners of history that we tend to miss. And any time you look at history from the perspective of the oppressed and despised you are bound to come away with a new orientation. That orientation is explored here to great effect by Paul Ortiz who deftly demonstrates how African Americans were engaged in freedom struggles beyond their own. The former enslaved joined wit...
  • Shari Suarez
    The perfect book for these troubling times. It's the history that we never learn about in school. It looks at the African American and Latinx contributions to history and social justice in the United States. It takes a look at over 200 years of American history and how the Global South figures into it. I highly recommend it.
  • Savannah
    Important read. Information and perspective we all need to know.
  • Ted
    This is the second book I've read from Beacon Press's "ReVisioning American History" series, and this one, like the first (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"), is poignant and contemporary. In our current environment of anti-anything-that's-not-white-America, the books in this series reveal stories and viewpoints that have been ignored, hidden, or diminished. This book in particular exposes America's foun...
  • Bookworm
    It's an important book that highlights the voices of those we don't hear about far too much. Author Ortiz takes the reader through what it says on the cover: from the Hatian Revolution to the international effects of the US Civil War, Ortiz gives us a history that is unfortunately silenced and perhaps lost in favor of another narrative.Honestly, I felt this wasn't quite what I thought it would be. While I was glad to read a history that took us o...
  • Brad Krautwurst
    My only real criticisms of this book lie in its pacing (it feels like they skipped the entirety of the 1970s and barely mentioned in passing the 1980s in order to get to the 1990s and 2000s). I would have preferred the book simply be longer, but I suspect, inferring from foreword from the previous book in this series I've read (An Indigenous People's History of the United States), this length may have been a limitation put on the author by the pu...
  • Dan Downing
    Cowards, bigots, Trump lovers, haters and general dip shits: don't bother. You won't read this: you can't read this---you'd choke on your own bile.One deeply moving project I had read/listened too which Paul Ortiz worked on before the present volume was "Remembering Jim Crow," an oral history gleaned from Southern residents.The present volume is just as heart-wrenching and in the back of one's mind is a constantly running picture of either forgiv...
  • Jules Bertaut
    This book provides a sweeping introduction to American history from the Revolutionary War era to the present, reinterpreting it through the lense of African-American and Latinx experiences, acts, and thoughts at the times in question. I was expecting something more narrowly-scoped, more like these are particular events of historical importance to Black/Latinx folks, but actually this way of reframing the entirety of US history was pretty cool.One...
  • Caleb
    Less a comprehensive history of two ethnic groups in America than an elongated essay about cooperating for justice, this book shares selected stories of intersectionality, particularly times when Afro-Hispanic coalitions fought for freedom and justice against systems of oppression. Ortiz focuses particularly on the “Emancipatory internationalism [that] had been born in the first stormy years of the republic when African Americans and their alli...
  • Mary
    If you want to understand more of the liberation and resistance movements throughout the history of the US, this book is a must read. The connections between our current political and social fault lines were written in our origin story. This book completes so many missing pieces of the true, not whitewashed version of that story.
  • Deb W
    I made it to the third chapter, but given to current political situation I just could not finish it. I despair for the Democracy we never had, and for the little bits of democracy we are steadily losing.When will people learn that we are a Human race, and we are to be humane?
  • Juliet
    Devoured this on a 10-hour flight. Immediately shared the final chapter with my 11th grade students for the last day of school. Very excited to integrate Ortiz’ scholarship and nimble storytelling into my classes.
  • Sister
    Powerful re-telling of US history from the bottom up, i.e., through the alliances of Black and brown people. it's a thrilling story, much of which I did not know before. it also gives a perspective as to what's happening now.
  • M
    I already knew we were taught a lot of propaganda and misinformation in school but maybe not how much. With school board elections coming up I'm working on some tough questions to ask about our history courses. I don't want my biracial niece being taught a bunch of nonsense.
  • Nora
  • Erika
    A very important historical account of how American racism did not end in the 1960s, like we are led to believe in public high schools around the US. This book is dense, but left me reeling.
  • Nicholas Bobbitt
    It's well-written, but I feel like it's really too brief on its topics.
    Required reading for anyone into history, economics, labor rights, and civil rights.AMAZING book!!!
  • M.
    An interesting read. It looks at sides unfortunately not always covered in schools.