New Books Network

Jesse Cromwell, “The Smugglers’ World: Illicit Trade and Atlantic Communities in Eighteenth-Century Venezuela” (UNC Press, 2018)
Chocolate – nothing is more irresistible for a decadent treat or a rich drink to warm you on a cold winter’s evening.  In eighteenth-century Venezuela, cacao became a life source for the colony. Neglected by the Spanish fleet system, Venezuelan colonists struggled to obtain European foods and goods. But, they... Read More
Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, “Racial Migrations: New York City and the Revolutionary Politics of the Spanish Caribbean” (Princeton UP, 2019)
In his new book, Racial Migrations: New York City and the Revolutionary Politics of the Spanish Caribbean (Princeton University Press, 2019), historian Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof seamlessly ties together various scholarly subfields into a truly transnational history of anticolonial politics and the Afro-Latino diaspora in the United States. Hoffnung-Garskof, Professor of History... Read More
Sam Erman, “Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Sam Erman is the author of Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire, published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Almost Citizens recounts the story of how Puerto Rico came to be part of the United States empire at the turn of the 20th Century. More specifically, Erman... Read More
Carlos Garrido Castellano, “Beyond Representation in Contemporary Caribbean Art” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
A work of art about doing nothing; a work of art that invites people to take it apart; a work of art that consists of two people walking in a town in the Dominican Republic. These are just some examples Carlos Garrido Castellano takes up in Beyond Representation in Contemporary... Read More
Marisol LeBrón, “Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico” (U California Press, 2019)
Marisol LeBrón’s new book, Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, 2019), examines the rise of and resistance to punitive governance (tough on crime policing policies) in Puerto Rico from the 1990s to the present. As in the United States, LeBrón shows... Read More
Katherine M. Marino, “Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement” (UNC Press, 2019)
Katherine M. Marino is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) follows the many Latin American and Caribbean women in the first half of the century who... Read More
Marixa Lasso, “Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal” (Harvard UP, 2019)
Many of our presumptions about the Panama Canal Zone are wrong; it was not carved out of uninhabited jungle, the creation of Lake Gatún did not flood towns and force them to move, people living in the zone prior to the construction of the canal were not out of step... Read More