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  • June 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-28306-8
  • 352 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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    John Charles Chasteen (Editor, Translator, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)


    The companion reader to the most readable, highly regarded, and affordable history of Latin America for our times.

    A thematic anthology of primary sources for Latin American social and cultural history, the Second Edition reader complements the table of contents of Born in Blood and Fire, Fourth Edition, and draws on newspapers, novels, magazines, and journals—many translated by Chasteen himself—to present compelling narrative accounts of life and society across Latin American history.


    The perfect companion

    Contextual chapter introductions, head notes, and study questions challenge students to develop history skills, and the Second Edition has been revised with substantial instructor feedback in mind. A new chapter, “Speaking for Themselves,” focuses on writers of indigenous and African descent, while 19 new selections—at least one in every chapter—highlight several new materials. 

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    The Second Edition can be packaged with Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America, Fourth Edition, for only $10 net. 

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      CHAPTER ONE: Chronicles of the Encounter

      The Caminha Letter, Pero Vaz de Caminha

      *Shipwrecks and Commentaries,Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

      A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies
      ,Bartolomé de las Casas

      A General History of the Indies,Francisco López de Gómara

      Chronicle of New Spain,Francisco Cervantes de Salazar

      The True History of the Conquest of New Spain,Bernal Díaz del Castillo

      A General History of New Spain,Bernardino de Sahagún

      *The Last Days of the Siege of Tenochtitlán,Anonymous

      CHAPTER TWO: Colonial Transculturation

      Royal Commentaries of the Incas,Garcilaso de la Vega

      The First New Chronicle,Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala

      Happy Captivity,Francisco Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán

      An Account of the Guaraní Missions,José Cardiel

      *Book of Visitation of the Holy Office of the Inquisition

      A Guide for Inexperienced Travelers,Alonso Carrió de la Vandera

      CHAPTER THREE: A Taste of Independence

      Personal Narrative of a Journey,Alexander von Humboldt

      *Diary of a Comandante of American Independence,José Santos Vargas

      Travels in Brazil,Henry Koster

      *The Angostura Address,Simón Bolívar

      Journal of a Residence in Chile,Maria Graham

      Life in Mexico,Frances Calderón de la Barca

      CHAPTER FOUR: Creating National Identities

      Facundo, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento

      Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant, Manuel Antonio de Almeida

      A Mexican Self Portrait, Various Authors

      *Martín Rivas, Alberto Blest Gana

      María, Jorge Isaacs

      *Autobiografía del Gen. José Antonio Páez

      Bolívar’s Justice
      , Ricardo Palma

      CHAPTER FIVE: The Perils of Progress

      The Inauguration of the Railway from Mexico City to Texcoco, and

      *The Blue-Eyed Bandit, Ignacio Manuel Altamirano

      Evolution, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

      No Direction, Eugenio Cambaceres

      *Old Montevideo, Isidoro de María

      Birds Without a Nest, Clorinda Matto de Turner

      The Stock Market, Julián Martel

      The Beehive, Aluísio Azevedo

      CHAPTER SIX: Reactions Against Neocolonialism

      Ariel, José Enrique Rodó

      Facing the Barbarians, José María Vargas Vila

      The Backlands, Euclides da Cunha

      Santa, Federico Gamboa

      Black Stuff, Vicente Rossi

      *Doña Bárbara, Rómulo Gallegos

      CHAPTER SEVEN: Cultivating Non-European Roots

      Two Short Stories, José de la Cuadra

      Arid Lives, Graciliano Ramos

      Runa Yupay, José María Arguedas

      *Wide and Alien is the World, Ciro Alegría

      *The African Roots of Cuban Music, Fernando Ortíz

      CHAPTER EIGHT: Cold War Visions

      *Message to the Workers, Getúlio Vargas

      *The History of Peronism, Eva Duarte de Perón

      Declassified Message, Central Intelligence Agency

      Weekend in Guatemala, Miguel Angel Asturias

      Memory of Fire, Eduardo Galeano

      CHAPTER NINE: Guerrilla Warfare

      *The Night of Tlatelolco, Elena Poniatoska

      Zarpazo, Evelio Buitrago Salazar

      Diary of A Guerrilla, Jacobo Arenas

      The Tupamaros in Action, Movement for National Liberation

      They Won’t Take Me Alive, Claribel Alegría

      Confessions of a Torturer, Nancy Guzmán

      CHAPTER TEN: Speaking for Themselves

      *It’s No Use, Ana Patrícia Martínez Huchim

      *Cherrufe: The Ball of Fire, Ruth Mariela Fuentealba Millaguir

      *Liberated and Living Black in El Salvador, Shirley Campbell Barr

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