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An African American and Latinx History of the United States
How does US history look when we place Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa at the center of the story between 1776 to present? How does our understandings of the national narrative change when we juxtapose the American Revolution with the Haitian Revolution and the Mexican War of Independence? Dr. Paul Ortiz will be answering these questions and more when he discusses his book "An African American and Latinx History of the United States."

Spanning more than two hundred 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.

Dr. Ortiz’s book has played a major role in revising high school social studies curriculums in Maryland, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and other states. A young adult version of "An African American and Latinx History of the United States" is also forthcoming.

Oct 13, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Paul Ortiz, Ph.D.
Professor of history and director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program @University of Florida
Paul Ortiz is a professor of history and director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. The Society of American Archivists bestowed its 2015 Diversity Award on the Proctor Program for its “relentless pursuit of community knowledge, local voices, and academic transformation has created a monumental program that has impacted the lives of countless people in Florida and across the nation.” In 2021, the Doris Duke Charitable Trust noted that the Proctor Program’s “social justice research methodologies are the focus of scholars and oral history programs across the globe.” Paul is a PEN-award winning writer. He is the author or co-author of five books including, "Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920," and "People Power: History, Organizing, and Larry Goodwyn’s Democratic Vision in the Twenty-First Century."