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Unsettled StatesNineteenth-Century American Literary Studies$
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Dana Luciano and Ivy Wilson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479857722

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479857722.001.0001

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Confederates in the Hispanic Attic

Confederates in the Hispanic Attic

The Archive against Itself

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Unsettled States

Rodrigo Lazo

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the recent publication of data documenting the contributions of Hispanic Confederate soldiers to the war effort, which contradicts the Hispanic archive's self-image as it has sought to chronicle a history of anti-white-supremacist resistance. By addressing material that is seemingly undesirable, the chapter analyzes the ideological mandates that shape how and why archives are perceived and comprehended. The latter part looks at how contradictions in archival holdings can also incite renewed interest in an archive and support its ongoing development. The chapter's analysis circulates around artifacts such as Colonel Ambrosio José Gonzales' 1853 Manifesto on Cuban Affairs Addressed to the People of the United States and the sympathies of the Reconstruction-era novelist María Amparo Ruiz de Burton.

Keywords:   Hispanic archive, Hispanic Confederate soldiers, anti-white supremacy, archives, archival holdings, Ambrosio José Gonzales, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton

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