An African American and Latinx History of the United States
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An African American and Latinx History of the United States

Paul OrtizBeacon Press • 2018

Grappling with History

by David Meyer

The United States is still grappling with its history of slavery, racism, exploitation and oppression. Paul Ortiz provides a compelling history.

Alternative history

An associate history professor at the University of Florida, Paul Ortiz seems uniquely qualified to write this long-overdue, startling alternative chronicle. He’s the director of the award-winning Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and the author of Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920.

In this innovative history of Black and Latinx peoples in the United States, Ortiz emphasizes the primacy of slavery in the republic’s formation and examines the racist legislation and violent white supremacy that arose following slavery’s abolition. The Los Angeles Times Book Review found that his volume never resembles “an academic text at all – to its immense credit.”

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