Free People of Color in the Spanish Atlantic: Race and Citizenship, 1780–1850, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Free People of Color in the Spanish Atlantic

Race and Citizenship, 1780–1850, 1st Edition

By Federica Morelli


248 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book grapples with the important contemporary question of the boundaries of citizenship and access to naturalization by analyzing a body of relevant juridical sources, dating from the end of the eighteenth century to the first half of the nineteenth century, concerning the free people of color in late colonial and early independent Spanish America. Their precarious status makes this group a privileged subject to examine the negotiation and formation of racial identity as well as the definition of citizenship requirements in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Based on archival material collected in Spain (Seville and Madrid) and Latin America (Mexico City, Bogotá, Quito, Lima and Buenos Aires), the book demonstrates that the access of free people of color to citizenship both in the late colonial and early independent period was not established by state authorities, but resulted from complex dynamics between the state and the local society.

Table of Contents


1. Seeking Spaces for Mobility

2. The Revolutions of the Hispanic World: New Citizenship Rights?

3. Between Grace and Rights

4. Race and Equality


About the Author

Federica Morelli is associate professor of History of the Americas at the University of Turin.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of the Americas

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Latin America / General
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Social History