Liberty and State-Building in the Americas


Participants in this colloquium discussed and compared the processes of independence in the thirteen colonies and Spanish America.


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Liberty in Mexico

by Edited by José Antonio Aguilar Rivera
Translated from the Spanish by Janet M. Burke and Ted Humphrey

Liberty in Mexico presents sixty-four essays and writings on liberty and liberalism, from the early republican period to the late twentieth century, from a variety of authors. The texts in this edition will refute commonly held notions that the liberal project in Latin America had no indigenous roots. The institutions…

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Additional Readings

Fe política de un colombiano, o tres cuestiones importantes para la política del día (Bogota, 1827)

Bolívar, Simón. Doctrina del Libertador. Caracas: Biblioteca Ayacucho, 1976.

Costeloe, Michael. Response to Revolution: Imperial Spain and the Spanish American Revolutions, 1810-1840. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Davis, David Brion. Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Egaña, Juan. Memoria Política sobre si conviene en Chile la libertad de Cultos. Caracas: Imprenta de G. F. Devisme, 1829.

Elliott, J. H. Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Jefferson, Thomas. Writings. Edited by Merrill D. Peterson. New York: Library of America, 1984.

Klein, Herbert and Ben Vinson. African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Madison, James. “Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments.” Religious Freedom. http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/amendI_religions43.html (Aug 3, 2016).

Nelson, Eric. The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983.

Rocafuerte, Vicente. Ensayo sobre tolerancia religiosa. Mexico: Imprente de M. Rivera, 1831.