"It is striking how seamlessly Andrews integrates diverse sources into this fascinating history."
-Hispanic American Historical Review
"A valuable contribution to the broader history of the African presence in Latin America which has gathered considerable momentum in recent years."
-Latin American Review of Books
"Blackness in the White Nation: A History of Afro-Uruguay
, offers a refreshingly nuanced and successful statement on the continuing importance of nation-specific analyses in the study of blackness and black history."
"[An] engagingly written, creative, and politically relevant study."
-Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"A fabulous read . . . . Andrews is a superb comparativist, and in his hands, the story of a small black population in a small country--far from being a curiosity or mere footnote to Afro-Latin American history--sheds new light on the specificity and contingency of patterns of racial formation and mobilization across the region."
"This new book written by Reid Andrews, a master historian at the height of his form, is destined to become the standard work on its topic, just as his study The Afro-Argentines of Buenos Aires, 1800-1900
has been for an entire generation."
-John Charles Chasteen, author of Americanos: Latin America's Struggle for Independence
"Andrews fills a gap in the English-language and Latin American scholarship and, more importantly, he provides valuable new insights into the ways that African diasporic cultural practices have been incorporated into 'white' national identities even as people of African descent continue to suffer from inequality and discrimination."
-Nancy P. Appelbaum, The State University of New York at Binghamton
From the Inside Flap
Andrews offers a comprehensive history of Afro-Uruguayans from the colonial period to the present. Showing how social and political mobilization is intertwined with candombe, he traces the development of Afro-Uruguayan racial discourse and argues that candombe's evolution as a central part of the nation's culture has not fundamentally helped the cause of racial equality. Incorporating descriptions of his own experiences as a member of a candombe drumming and performance group, Andrews connects the struggles of Afro-Uruguayans to the broader issues of race, culture, gender, and politics throughout Latin America and the African diaspora.