This ambitious volume aims to explore new territories by taking on the intellectual task of remapping the forgotten and downplayed history of people of African descent in the Americas. Primarily focusing on Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, Lowell Gudmundson and Justin Wolfe put together a compelling collection of essays that, as a whole, aims to demonstrate how historians have consistently misrepresented the importance of African Americans to the history of Central America. Gudmundson and Wolfe have gathered the leading scholars on the topic for Blacks and Blackness in Central America, so that every chapter of the text contributes to the collective goal of putting Central America on the African diaspora map.

Gudmundson and Wolfe’s introduction situates the book within the larger historiography on slavery and race relations in the Americas from colonial times to the present, highlighting how historians have primarily...

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