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The Work of Recognition: Caribbean Colombia and the Postemancipation Struggle for Citizenship

Jason McGraw


This book presents a history of African-descended Colombians during the post-emancipation period. The book chronicles the history of Afro-Colombians—particularly along the Caribbean coast of Colombia, where the African-descended populations were concentrated—beginning with final emancipation in the 1850s and ending with the country's first general labor strike in 1918. Revealing a number of previously little known labor struggles beginning as early as 1857, including a strike staged by Magdalena River boatmen, which may have been the first strike in Colombian history, the book demonstrates tha ... More

Keywords: Afro-Colombians, Magdalena River boatmen, Colombian history, post-slavery labor, slavery, black workers, black Colombians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469617862
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason McGraw, author
University of Indiana