A pathbreaking contribution to postemancipation studies the work of recognition reveals the hidden importance of race in colombian politics by focusing on the struggles led by the mostly afro descended workers of the caribbean region to forge a democratic and inclusive nation aline helg universite de geneve. The work of recognition is about the free and equal citizenship for which people of african descent persisted in struggling on the caribbean mainland of colombia it covers the period from the moment congress passed the final emancipation act which went into effect 1 january 1852 to the early 1900s. The work of recognition caribbean colombia and the postemancipation struggle for citizenship by jason mcgraw frank safford the work of recognition caribbean colombia and the postemancipation struggle for citizenship by jason mcgraw chapel hill university of north carolina press 2014 328pp 3495. This is a historical study inspired by the work of a poet candelario obeso was born free in 1849 on the eve of new granadas slave emancipation in the magdalena river town of mompos in what would become the caribbean region of colombia raised and initially educated on the coast obeso . This book tells the compelling story of postemancipation colombia from the liberation of the slaves in the 1850s through the countrys first general labor strikes in the 1910s as jason mcgraw demonstrates ending slavery fostered a new sense of citizenship one shaped both by a model of universal
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