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.