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New Publication: Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader

Edited by Jordana Dym and Karl Offen
University of Chicago Press

From announcing the conquest of an Aztec empire to challenging the decision to put North America and Europe at the top of the world, maps and mapmakers have contributed to the creation of Latin America. In Mapping Latin America, leading scholars from several disciplines interpret over one hundred full-color maps made from within or representing the Americas since 1492. This unprecedented and engaging volume highlights maps and mapmaking traditions by a variety of mapmakers‹from the hand-drawn maps of Native Americans, to those by colonial scribes and European cosmographers, to those by theodolite-wielding surveyors. By demonstrating the many ways maps present and communicate information, and by explaining how and why maps are made, how people have read, interpreted and used them, and how map silences often speak volumes, this inclusive collection promotes a cartographic literacy and inspires a long-lasting curiosity about how maps work, what it all means for Latin Americans today, and why we should care.

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Book Reviews: Recent Historical Scholarship

The Black Atlantic Resource presents reviews of two of the most recent publications which expand understandings of U.S. African-American relationships with Haitians and their revolutionary history:

Millery Polyné, From Douglass to Duvalier: U.S. African Americans, Haiti, and Pan Americanism, 1870–1964, 2010 (University Press of Florida: Gainesville)

From Douglass to Duvalier is an important new work, situated in the ‘emerging field of Hemispheric American Studies’, which presents new approaches to the role of Haiti in African-American consciousness.  This work moves through a number of chronologically ordered case studies which demonstrate U.S. – Haitian African American relations, between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century. Polyné considers intra-racial interactions between these two groups to “have been central to the spirit of the pan-American movement because  

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Maurice Jackson and Jacqueline Bacon (eds) African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents, 2010 (Routledge: London and New York)

Jackson and Bacon’s edited volume is a collection of recent work which provides key contextualisation of African Americans interaction with the Haitian Revolution from the late eighteenth to the twentieth century. These essays and case-studies presented as a collection are so compelling because stylistically mirroring the historical ebb and flow of ideas across ‘porous borders’, the works in this volume converse with each other. They present a variety of evidence which unarguably attests to the enduring influence which Haiti has and continues to have on the actions and consciousness of African-Americans. From Toussaint inspired soldiers fighting the American Civil War while singing ‘La Marseillaise’ to

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