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The Work of RecognitionCaribbean Colombia and the Postemancipation Struggle for Citizenship$
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Jason McGraw

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469617862

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469617862.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall of Popular Politics

The Rise and Fall of Popular Politics

(p.132) Chapter Five The Rise and Fall of Popular Politics
The Work of Recognition

Jason McGraw

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter reveals how, even as Obeso entered into public debates in Bogotá, democratic experiments in Caribbean public life became irrevocably tied to factional politics. People of color found opportunities to participate in local republican governance, and they used their public standing to demand significant alterations in property, religious, and sexual relations. As their appeals became increasingly radicalized, many political leaders joined the opposition, eventually fashioning a new alliance intent on undoing the democratic experiments that grew out of emancipation.

Keywords:   Candelario Obeso, Bogotá, democracy, local republican governance, race, emancipation, political factions

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