An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights
Spanning more than 200 years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history arguing that the "Global South" was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress, as exalted by widely taught formulations such as "manifest destiny" and "Jacksonian democracy," and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms American history into the story of the working class organizing against imperialism.
In precise detail, Ortiz traces this untold history from the Jim Crow-esque racial segregation of the Southwest, the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the 20th century, to May 1, 2006, International Workers' Day, when migrant laborers - Chicana/os, Afro-Cubanos, and immigrants from nearly every continent on earth - united in resistance on the first "Day Without Immigrants".
Incisive and timely, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a bottom-up history told from the viewpoint of African American and Latinx activists and revealing the radically different ways people of the diaspora addressed issues still plaguing the United States today.
Powerful and informative and head turning even if you know a bit of true history already.
The introduction alone is poetry filled with some sadness but mostly motivating points. We should have heard these voices, the country/countries, the people's stories all of our lives...let's ALL rewrite history and share this to everyone we know. EASY read.
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Very enlightening book, but it will truly anger you. Highly recommended read for history buffs.
Anyone looking to further educate themselves on the true history of the United States and/or looking to find overdue recognition of for all that People Of Color have given to this country need this book in their lives immediately.