Mapping New York City's Nineteenth-Century Latina/o Press

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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. 

 

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