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||Introduction. "Killed helping workers to organize" : reenvisioning American history -- The Haitian revolution and the birth of emancipatory internationalism, 1770s to 1820s -- The Mexican War of Independence and US history : anti-imperialism as a way of life, 1820s to 1850s -- "To break the fetters of slaves all over the world" : the internationalization of the Civil War, 1850s to 1865 -- Global visions of reconstruction : the Cuban solidarity movement, 1860s to 1890s -- Waging war on the government of American banks in the global South, 1890s to 1920s -- Forgotten workers of America : racial capitalism and the war on the working class, 1890s to 1940s -- Emancipatory internationalism vs. the American Century, 1945 to 1960s -- El gran paro Estadounidense : the rebirth of the American working class, 1970s to the present -- Epilogue. A new origin narrative of American history.
||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. Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress, as exalted by widely taught formulations such as "manifest destiny" and "Jacksonian democracy," and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms American history into the story of the working class organizing against imperialism. In precise detail, Ortiz traces this untold history from the Jim Crow-esque racial segregation of the Southwest, the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the twentieth century, to May 1, 2006, International Workers' Day, when migrant laborers-Chicana/os, Afro-Cubanos, and immigrants from nearly every continent on earth-united in resistance on the first "Day Without Immigrants." Incisive and timely, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a bottom-up history told from the viewpoint of African American and Latinx activists and revealing the radically different ways people of the diaspora addressed issues still plaguing the United States today.