ReVisioning American History

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An African American and Latinx History of the United States Publisher's Summary

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. Scholar and activist Paul Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress as exalted by widely taught formulations like "manifest destiny" and "Jacksonian democracy", and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms US history into one of the working class organizing against imperialism. 

Drawing on rich narratives and primary source documents, Ortiz links racial segregation in the Southwest and the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the 20th century, to May 1, 2006, known as International Workers' Day, when migrant laborers - Chicana/os, Afrocubanos, and immigrants from every continent on earth - united in resistance on the first "Day Without Immigrants". As African American civil rights activists fought Jim Crow laws and Mexican labor organizers warred against the suffocating grip of capitalism, Black and Spanish-language newspapers, abolitionists, and Latin American revolutionaries coalesced around movements built between people from the United States and people from Central America and the Caribbean. In stark contrast to the resurgence of "America First" rhetoric, Black and Latinx intellectuals and organizers today have historically urged the United States to build bridges of solidarity with the nations of the Americas. 

Incisive and timely, this bottom-up history, told from the interconnected vantage points of Latinx and African Americans, reveals the radically different ways that people of the diaspora have addressed issues still plaguing the United States today, and it offers a way forward in the continued struggle for universal civil rights. 

2018 Winner of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award 

©2018 Paul Ortiz (P)2018 Random House Audio
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    • An African American and Latinx History of the United States

    • By: Paul Ortiz
    • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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, 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.

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    • POWERFUL BEAUTIFUL HISTORY READS LIKE PROSE

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-02-18

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    • A Queer History of the United States

    • By: Michael Bronski
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A Queer History of the United States abounds with startling examples of unknown or often ignored aspects of American history - the ineffectiveness of sodomy laws in the colonies, the impact of new technologies on LGBT life in the 19th century, and how rock music and popular culture were, in large part, responsible for the devastating backlash against gay rights in the late 1970s. Bronski documents how, over centuries, various incarnations of social purity movements have consistently attempted to regulate all sexuality, including fantasies, masturbation, and queer sex.

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    • Nice linkage of marginalized groups

    • By Ron Ben on 07-22-18

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    • A Disability History of the United States

    • By: Kim E. Nielsen
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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    Disability is not just the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation. Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first audiobook to place the experiences of people with disabilities at the center of the American narrative. In many ways, it’s a familiar telling. In other ways, however, it is a radical repositioning of US history. By doing so, the book casts new light on familiar stories, such as 

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    • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

    • Revisioning American History
    • By: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Useful information, not quite listenable

    • By endlessemma on 08-03-15

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