Friday, July 31, 2015

Las Ordenanzas de Intendentes de Indias

Morazzani de Pérez Enciso, Gisela, Las ordenanzas de intendentes de Indias: (cuadro para su estudio), Caracas: Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1972.

Del Prólogo, escrito por Alfonso García Gallo:
En 1966 la doctora Gisela Morazzani de Pérez Enciso dio a la publicidad su libro La Intendencia en España y en América. Seis años después nos ofrece Las ordenanzas de intendentes de Indias… En apariencia, esta obra es un complemento de la primera, que muestra que su autora ha continuado desarrollando el estudio del tema a lo largo de estos años. La realidad es otra. Ambas obras, aunque distintas por su contenido y el método con que han sido elaboradas, forman una unidad, que como tal fue concebida por la doctora Morazzani de Pérez Enciso cuando hace doce años comenzó a realizarlas. Ambas obras, en su primera redacción, constituyeron su tesis doctoral en la Sección de Historia de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Madrid…

La Bagatela, 1811-1812

Nariño, Antonio, La Bagatela, 1811-1812, Bogotá Colombia: Edición facsimilar, 1966. (extremadamente fragil)

Disponible: Prospecto, Carta del Filósofo Sensible a una Dama, Traducción de un rasgo sobre Guillermo Pen.

Reimpresión ordenada por el Consejo Distrital de Bogotá para conmemorar el segundo centenario del nacimiento del Precursor de la Independencia Nacional Don Antonio Nariño (1765 – 1823). Edición dirigida por Guillermo Hernández de Alba, Director Fundador de la Casa-Museo del 20 de Julio de 1810.

Antonio Amador José de Nariño Bernardo del Casal (Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia 1765-1824 Villa de Leyva, Colombia)[1] was an ideological Colombian precursor and one of the early political and military leaders of the independence movement in the New Granada (present day Colombia.)


He founded the political newspaper La Bagatela in 1811. That same year he was selected president of the State of Cundinamarca. Recognized as the commander of the centralist republican forces in New Granada, Nariño fought several battles against the federalists organized around the city of Cartagena, Colombia.

Historia de la Esclavitud Negra en Puerto Rico, 1493-1890

Soler, Luis A., Historia de la esclavitud negra en Puerto Rico, 1493-1890, Madrid: Ediciones de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 195(?). (estado paupérrimo)

Disponible en línea, (PDF)

Este trabajo fue presentado a la Facultad de la Escuela Graduada de la universidad del Estado de Luisiana, en cumplimiento parcial de los requisitos exigidos para del grado de doctor en Filosofía.

45 Contemporary Mexican Artists: A Twentieth-century Renaissance

Stewart, Virginia, 45 Contemporary Mexican Artists: A Twentieth-century Renaissance, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1951.

Excerpt from the Introduction.

From the inner sleeve:
The most significant “art outburst of our time” came to Mexico in the wake of the political revolution. A fresh wind of revolt swept through the musty classrooms releasing Mexican art from the bondage of academic style and method, leaving behind a new freedom of expression, a new recognition of the unparalleled beauty of the land, the people, and their way of life. Out went the plaster models, the stylized techniques borrowed from France and Italy. In their stead grew the new concept: open air schools where students painted native scenes, native designs, native models.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Edward Wilmot Blyden: Pan-Negro Patriot

Lynch, Hollis R., & Edward Wilmot Blyden, Edward Wilmot Blyden: Pan-Negro Patriot, London, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1970.

Reviewed in African Historical Studies © 1968.

Reviewed in Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines © 1969.

Reviewed in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Edward Wilmot Blyden (3 August 1832 – 7 February 1912), the father of pan-Africanism; was an educator, writer, diplomat, and politician primarily in Liberia. Born in the West Indies, he joined the free black immigrants to the region from the United States; he also taught for five years in the British West African colony of Sierra Leone in the early 20th century. His writings on pan-Africanism were influential in both colonies, which were started during the slavery years for the resettlement of free blacks from the United States and Great Britain. His writings attracted attention in the sponsoring countries as well. He felt that Zionism was a model for what he called Ethiopianism, and that African Americans could return to Africa and redeem it. Later he supported Islam.

See also A Historical Account of St. Thomas, W.I., by John P. Knox.

Trapped: Families and Schizophrenia

Rogler, Lloyd H., & August B. Hollingshead, Trapped: families and schizophrenia, New York: John Wiley, 1965.

Reviewed in Caribbean Studies © 1966.

Reviewed in The Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly © 1966.

Reviewed in Social Service Review © 1966.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Professor Lloyd H. Rogler began his research career as a sociologist studying how families living in the economically impoverished neighborhoods of San Juan coped with mental illness. Through exacting research and experimentation, he has helped achieve legitimacy for the field of cultural psychiatry that it never had when he launched his career more than 40 years ago after receiving a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Iowa. He has had academic appointments at several universities, including the University of Puerto Rico, Yale, and Case Western Reserve.

Brief History of the Virgin Islands

Jarvis, José Antonio, Brief History of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands: The Art Shop, 1938.

Reviewed in The Journal of Negro History © 1939.

Jose Antonio Jarvis was born on November 22, 1901, the offspring of a minister of the African Methodist Church, Joseph W. Jarvis and Mercedes Duvergee, a Roman Catholic St. Thomian. He was brought up by Miss Mary Hughustein, whom Jarvis referred to as his godmother, in a house on Gamble Gade in Savan. Young Antonio attended the Catholic School. His interest in journalism began rather early when he worked as a printers evil to Herbert Taylor, who owned a newspaper and then to "Lightbourn's Mail Notes." He contributed to it when it became George Audain's "St. Thomas Mail Notes" and years after became its assistant editor. The noted educator started teaching in 1924, first at the St. Thomas Academy, later, the same year, at Abraham Lincoln School. After passing exams in the public education system, he received an elementary certificate. He then taught at the Charlotte Amalie High School for eight years.

Off Course: from Truman to Nixon

Tugwell, Rexford Guy, Off Course: from Truman to Nixon, New York: Praeger publishers, 1971. {Signed by the author for Dr. Mathews}

Reviewed in Social Research © 1971.

Reviewed in The American Historical Review © 1973.

Discussed in American Studies © 1972.

From the cover:
Rexford G. Tugwell, who knew Roosevelt well and was a member of FDR’s “brain Trust,” here writes about FDR’s successors for the first time. But Off Course: from Truman to Nixon is much more than a study of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. It is also a brilliant summing-up of the period, with Mr. Tugwell’s reflections on the problems of the Presidency and our way of selecting Presidents.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

History of the People of Trinidad and Tobago

Williams, Eric, History of the People of Trinidad and Tobago, New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1962.

Reviewed in The Journal of Politics © 1965.

Reviewed by Gordon K. Lewis in Caribbean Studies © 1963.



1. Our Amerindian Ancestors.

2. The Coming of the Spaniards.

3. The Bankruptcy of Spanish Colonialism.

4. Africa to the Rescue.

5. Spain Reigns but France Governs.

6. Tobago in a State of Betweenity.

7. Trinidad as a Model British Slave Colony.

8. Trinidad’s Labour Problem After Emancipation.

9. The Contribution of the Indians.

10. Colonialism in Tobago in the 19th Century.

11. The Union of Trinidad and Tobago.

12. The Bankruptcy of Sugar.

13. Crown Colony Government.

14. The Education of the Young Colonials.

15. The Movement for Self-Government, 1921 -1956.

16. The Road to Independence.


Brief Bibliography.

The Virgin Islands Our New Possessions and the British Islands

de Booy, Theodoor & John T. Faris, The Virgin Islands Our New Possessions and the British Islands, London & Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1918.

Available online HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Available for DOWNLOAD.

From the preface:
The authors of this volume have tried to put into concise form the facts concerning the story, the present conditions and the possibilities of the Virgin Islands of the United States for the tourist and the business man as well as for those who must be content, for the time being, at least, to make their journeys to the West Indies in imagination. At the same time, the attempt has been made to weave into the fascinating story something of the romance that cannot be separated from the thought of the islands in the mind of one who has had the pleasing experience of spending in these newest possessions of the United States a winter that was the culmination of a number of seasons on other islands of the dreamy Caribbean.

Theodoor Hendrik Nikolaas de Booy (December 5, 1882 – February 18, 1919) was a Dutch-born American archaeologist. De Booy was born as son of a Vice Admiral in Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands. At the age of 23, he migrated to the United States where he married Elizabeth Hamilton Smith in 1909. In 1916 he became an American citizen. In 1911 he went to the Bahamas with his wife. During their archaeological fieldwork in the caves and middens they made remarkable discoveries (e.g. a paddle or pottery) from the Pre-Columbian culture of the Lucayan. In the following years he worked for the Heye Museum in New York City. His fieldwork in the Caribbean and in Venezuela made him a prolific expert for the history of the Pre-Columbian Arawak culture.

Black Intellectuals Come to Power: The Rise of Creole Nationalism in Trinidad & Tobago

Oxaal, Ivar, Black Intellectuals Come to Power: The Rise of Creole Nationalism in Trinidad & Tobago, Cambridge, MA. : Schenkman Pub. Co., 1968.

Reviewed in The Journal of Economic History .

Reviewed in Political Science Quarterly © 1971.

Reviewed by Thomas G. Mathews in Social Research © 1969.

Reviewed in American Sociological Review © 1970.

Reviewed in Science & Society © 1969.

Reviewed in American Anthropologist.

From the author’s Preface:
This study is a mere sketch, a synoptic sociological account of an island community up to the time of its attainment of political independence in 1962. My hope is that it will provide some measure of enlightenment for both the general reader and the professional scholar. I have not attempted to supplant earlier histories and monographs on Trinidad and Tobago; rather, one of my principal aims has been to place some of these earlier studies in a broader social and historical context, and to add some findings and chapters of my own concerning the development of this fascinating new nation.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Inward Hunger: The Education of a Prime Minister

Williams, Eric, Inward Hunger: The Education of a Prime Minister, London: Andre Deutsch, Ltd., 1969.

First chapter available online.

Reviewed by Shiva Naipaul.

In Inward Hunger, Williams recounts that in the period following his graduation: "I was severely handicapped in my research by my lack of money.... I was turned down everywhere I tried ... and could not ignore the racial factor involved". However, in 1936, thanks to a recommendation made by Sir Alfred Claud Hollis (Governor of Trinidad and Tobago, 1930–36), the Leathersellers' Company awarded him a £50 grant to continue his advanced research in history at Oxford.[1] He completed the D.Phil in 1938 under the supervision of Vincent Harlow. His doctoral thesis, The Economic Aspects of the Abolition of the Slave Trade and West Indian Slavery, was both a direct attack on the idea that moral and humanitarian motives were the key facts in the victory of British abolitionism, and a covert critique of the idea common in the 1930s, emanating in particular from the pen of Oxford Professor Reginald Coupland, that British imperialism was essentially propelled by humanitarian and benevolent impulses. Williams's argument owed much to the influence of C. L. R. James, whose The Black Jacobins, also completed in 1938, also offered an economic and geostrategic explanation for the rise of British abolitionism.

El Español en Puerto Rico: Contribución a la Geografía Lingüística Hispanoamericana

Navarro, Tomás, El español en Puerto Rico: contribución a la geografía lingüística hispanoamericana, Rio Piedras: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1948.

Reseñado en Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica © 1950 .

Reseñado en Thesaurus, Tomo VII, Nums. 1, 2, 3, 1951.

Tomás Navarro Tomás (La Roda, Albacete, España, 1884 - Northampton, Massachusetts, EE. UU., 1979) fue un filólogo, bibliotecario y lingüista español. Discípulo de Ramón Menéndez Pidal, se doctoró en Madrid en 1908 y también entra en el Cuerpo Facultativo de Bibliotecarios y Archiveros. Comenzó su tarea de investigación lingüística como editor de textos clásicos -Las moradas, de Santa Teresa de Jesús y la obra poética de Garcilaso de la Vega- en la colección llamada entonces La Lectura, y hoy Clásicos Castellanos de Espasa-Calpe. Entre 1912 y 1913 fue becado por la Junta para Ampliación de Estudios para estudiar fonética y dialectología en universidades francesas, alemanas y suizas. Al volver colaboró con Menéndez Pidal en la fundación de la Revista de Filología Española y dirigió el laboratorio de fonética del Centro de Estudios Históricos. En este campo se le debe la introducción en España de los métodos de investigación de esta rama de la Lingüística y su Manual de pronunciación española de 1918.

The Geographic Regions of Puerto Rico

Picó, Rafael, The Geographic Regions of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras: University of Puerto Rico Press, 1950.

Abstract of dissertation reviewed in Revista Geográfica © 1941.

From the Introduction:
The Geographic Regions of Puerto Rico was prepared in the Spring of 1938 as “a dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Geography.”

Friday, July 17, 2015

El Águila y la Serpiente

Guzmán, Martín Luis, El águila y la serpiente, Sexta Edición, México: Compañía General de Ediciones, S.A., 1956.

Reseñado en The Hispanic American Historical Review © 1933.

El águila y la serpiente es una novela sobre la Revolución Mexicana publicada originalmente en 1928 por Martín Luis Guzmán. La novela autobiográfica se centra en los eventos entre 1913-1915 de la Revolución Mexicana y las experiencias de Guzmán durante el periodo. Cada capítulo describe a una persona o un evento durante la revolución, y el libro es popular por las descripciones de los líderes grandes, especialmente Pancho Villa. 1 La novela se divide en dos partes. La primera parte, "Esperanzas revolucionarias", sigue un intelectual al norte del país durante la revolución y sus interacciones con los villistas y los caudillos. La segunda parte, "En la hora del triunfo", se enfoca en su incursión política y tiene lugar en la Ciudad de México.

Martín Luis Guzmán Franco was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Along with Mariano Azuela, he is considered a pioneer of the revolutionary novel, a genre inspired by the experiences of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. His novels La sombra del caudillo (1929) and El águila y la serpiente (1928) depict the Mexican Revolution and its political aftermath, both of which the author was familiar with, having contributed both to revolutionary agitation and to the formation of the new revolutionary government.

Inventario de la Serie Fomento de Puerto Rico; Sección de Ultramar II

de la Peña Marazuela, María Teresa, (Dir.) Inventario de la Serie Fomento de Puerto Rico; Sección de Ultramar II, Madrid: Archivo Histórico Nacional, 1972.

De la Introducción:
El mismo criterio que presidió la publicación del primer volumen de esta serie en donde se dieron a conocer los papeles que se conservan en la Sección de Ultramar sobre Gobierno de Puerto Rico en el Siglo XIX, se ha seguido en el presente Inventario, en donde se enumeran y describen los expedientes de los ciento treinta y cinco legajos que forman la serie de Fomento de la misma isla.

Si allí el tema principal que preside el conjunto de expedientes es el que se refiere a los negocios propios del gobierno y administración civil de Puerto Rico, en esta serie de Fomento se agrupan asuntos análogos a los gestionados por el Ministerio de Fomento de la península que, hasta su posterior reforma, tuvo encomendadas las funciones referentes a los ramos de Agricultura, Comercio, Industria, Instrucción Pública y Obras Públicas.

Estas mismas competencias son las que encontraremos en esta serie, referidas a Puerto Rico. Una simple ojeada a la Guía del Índice sistemático de materias que, junto con el onomástico y geográfico, se encuentran al fin del volumen, nos releva de detallar aquí con más amplitud el contenido de cada uno de dichos ramos. Únicamente queremos resaltar la riqueza de mapas y planos que aparecen unidos a estos expedientes, sobre todo referentes a Obras Publicas de la isla: carreteras, ferrocarriles, faros, puertos, etc., y que, por su interés, serán objeto de un catálogo especial, en donde se describirán más ampliamente, en unión de todos los que sobre Puerto Rico se conservan en la Sección de Ultramar.