Mapping New York City's Nineteenth-Century Latina/o Press
How do you study a history that's been lost?...
In the nineteenth century, New York City's Latina/o publishing community was centered in the neighborhood that surrounds Pace University. The activities of the popular English-language press in the same neighborhood--especially on Newspaper Row--are well known. But the Latina/o press that once resided there is only known to us in fragments--or through the lens of its most famous members, particularly José Martí.
To recover the history of New York City's nineteenth-century Latina/o press, students in Pace University's LIT 211J American Voices course have been locating the forgotten sites of the publications that once resided there and beginning to re-imagine the ways in which writers and editors of the city's Spanish- and English-languages publishing communities might have interacted with each other.