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Latin American Musings moved to To The Roots in early 2009, as an attempt to expand content before I graduated and moved on. The blog came to an end in the summer of 2009 and has only now been resurrected (which may be why you’re here!).
Below is a list of my most popular/iconic/earth-shattering posts from that time. Included, in order, are: my “Today in the Americas” posts, which centered around teaching ya history; long features on history; book and music reviews. I’m leaving a lot of posts out so the only way to get them will by stumbling upon them somehow or asking me.
This page won’t be updated again. This is the end of this era. I’ve grown up. While these posts still resonate, and I haven’t changed a single sentence, it’s time to write new things and not feel chained to the past. See To the Roots now for my newest content.
This was my bread-and-butter. I collected about a year’s worth of historical happenings and just queued them up by dates. It’s surprising how much was lost as I only posted from January to July of 2009. Regardless, it’s thousands of words that awaken moments most people don’t know about and continue to be read to this day.
7.20.09: Today in the Americas, Sandinista!
6.27.09: Today in the Americas, the Wobblies
6.24.09: Today in the Americas, Rufino Tamayo
5.20.09: Today in the Americas, Radio Marti
4.20.09: Today in the Americas, Régis Debray
3.25.09: Today in the Americas, Andes Pact
2.07.09: Today in the Americas, Ricardo Palma
Features were like my long reads, which were fairly common throughout the first iteration of To The Roots. These are mainly riffs off of current events, with some history poured on for context. While dated, some of these discussions are still ongoing and may involve areas that you haven’t considered before.
7.05.09: A ‘Moment’
7.04.09: The Coup That Keeps On Giving
6.30.09: “Upholding the Constitution”
6.29.09: No Twitter Revolution in Honduras
6.12.09: The Storms of Impunity in Brazil
6.09.09: The Storms of Impunity in Guatemala
4.19.09: Obama’s Open Veins…
4.19.09: The Dirty Side of Ecotourism
2.26.09: ‘Not Just Some Fractured Fairytale’
2.14.09: A Conversation Over Dinner
2.03.09: Bolivia – the Next Fordlandia?
History is an odd term because this blog was built around history. This more has to do with my longer writings, listed below. You’ll find a long review of the recent histories of Paraguay, Nicaragua, and Haiti. I also had ambitions for a review of Latin America and the Soviet Union that didn’t survive beyond an overview.
4.24.09: Latin America-Soviet Relations (I): General Overview
(Part 1: Series examining the relationship between Latin America and the Soviet Union)
4.05.09: Haiti’s Long Decade
2.17.09: A Review of Stroessner
8.14.09: The Real Bolaño: “The Skating Rink”
6.09.09: ‘The carrion birds of repression are still not satisfied:’ The Rise and Response to Guatemalan ‘Counterinsurgency State’: 1960-1996
(Examination of the historiography surrounding of Guatemala during its 36 year civil war, mainly looking at the machinations of the government and the rise of what Suzanne Jonas termed “the counterinsurgency state.”)
7.01.09: Marc Bloch’s “The Historian’s Craft” (V)
6.25.09: Marc Bloch’s “The Historian’s Craft” (IV)
6.08.09: Marc Bloch’s “The Historian’s Craft” (III)
6.04.09: Marc Bloch’s “The Historian’s Craft” (II)
6.02.09: Marc Bloch’s “The Historian’s Craft” (I)
(Seven part series examining Marc Bloch’s classic historiography)
5.23.09: ‘This Community Has Suffered Right?:’ The Origins of La Mantanza and Historical Memory in El Salvador
(Examination of the historiography surrounding the origins and aftermath of the 1932 massacre of indigenous peasants in 1932 El Salvador)
5.15.09: “Bananas” by Peter Chapman
11.12.08: “2666” by Roberto Bolaño
11.12.08: My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard
12.13.07: Is America’s Empire “Imperialistic” or “Hegemonic?”
(Review of Charles Maier’s “Among Empires” and Victoria de Grazia’s “Irresistible Empire.”)
5.15.09: Sin Nombre