By Gerald Horne
Winner of a 2005 Gustavus Myers remarkable ebook Award (Honorable Mention)
The Mexican Revolution was once a defining second within the background of race kinfolk, impacting either Mexican and African american citizens. For black Westerners, 19101920 didn't symbolize the uncomplicated promise of populist energy, yet a reordering of the complicated social hierarchy which had, because the 19th century, granted them larger freedom within the borderlands than within the remainder of the United States.
Despite its lasting value, the tale of black americans alongside the Mexican border has been sorely underreported within the annals of U.S. historical past. Gerald Horne brings the story to lifestyles in Black and Brown. Drawing on documents on each side of the border, a bunch of state of the art reviews and oral histories, Horne chronicles the political currents which created after which undermined the Mexican border as a relative refuge for African americans. His account addresses blacks' function as “Indian fighters,” the connection among African americans and immigrants, and the U.S. government's starting to be worry of black disloyalty, between different crucial matters of the interval: the heavy reliance of the U.S. on black infantrymen alongside the border positioned white supremacy and nationwide protection on a collision direction that was once finally resolved in want of the latter.
Mining a forgotten bankruptcy in American background, Black and Brown bargains super perception into the prior and way forward for race family alongside the Mexican border.
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