This is the companion website for Latin America since Independence. While histories of the "other" Americas often link disparate histories through revolutionary or tragic narratives, Latin America since Independence begins with the assumption that our efforts to imagine a common past for nearly thirty countries are deeply problematic. Without losing sight of chronology or regional trends, this text offers glimpses of the Latin American past through eleven carefully selected stories. Each chapter introduces students to a specific historical issue, which in turn raises questions about the history of the Americas as a whole. Key themes include:

  • Race and Citizenship
  • Inequality and Economic Development
  • Politics and Rights
  • Social and Cultural Movements
  • Globalization
  • Violence and Civil Society

The short, thematic chapters are bolstered by the inclusion of relevant primary documents – many translated for the first time – including advertisements and posters, song lyrics, political speeches, government documents, and more. Each chapter also includes timelines highlighting important dates and suggestions for further reading.

What you will find on this web site:

Student Resources:  Additional materials to supplement the text and help students study
Instructor Resources: An instructor’s manual, sample syllabi, PowerPoint presentation slides, and sample short answer questions
Related Titles: Other titles related to Latin America since Independence.
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“This is strikingly original, incisively perceptive, and beautifully contextualized collection of documentary readings that allows students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Latin American history from primary courses. The best documentary history I have seen in my four decades of teaching.” - Peter F. Klaren, George Washington University

“Complements the mainstream modern Latin American history textbook as it complicates students’ understanding of the period. Dawson’s own interpretations are always insightful, illuminating, and at times, quirky, and will provoke thoughtful discussions of the critical issues.” - Andrew K. Kirkendall, Texas A&M University

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