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choose your own conquest!

I taught a miniterm class over the last three weeks on the Spanish Conquest of the Americas. We met for roughly 2:30-3:00 per day, which posed its own set of challenges. Reading expectations were lowered with this schedule. And, I

Posted in Digital History, Latin American History, Teaching

this american life and dos erres

The latest episode of This American Life features a full-episode-length story on the Dos Erres Massacre and its aftermath. The Massacre took place on December 6, 1982, when some 250 members of the village were murdered. Their bodies were left

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Posted in Latin American History, Latin American News

eighty square blocks of data

I had walked the streets of Quito’s Centro many times before I encountered it’s old parishes in the manuscripts of the Archivo Nacional del Ecuador (ANE). Yet, in reading, and writing, of events from the city’s criminal archives in the

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a cross-series cluster image using ncd

I have more to say about this later, but I find this image pretty interesting. When doing a box-by-box comparison of 12 different series finding guides from the Archivo Nacional del Ecuador, you get an image like this: (Click to

Posted in Digital History, Latin American History, programming, Research and Writing

the AHA and “racial silence” in the criminal archive

This is, more or less, the text for my panel presentation on Saturday at the AHA. I’ve changed it a bit from the description that I submitted. But, what are you going to do? These things happen in an intervening

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buy my book for cheaper!

UNM Press is running a 25%-off special on books purchased between 15 November and 15 January. If you buy my book directly from the UNMPress website, just enter the promo code HOL11 for the discount. I hear it makes a

Posted in Books, Latin American History

fifth time’s a charm

Since I’m in a sharing mood these days, I figure I’ll post my most recent (and last) attempt at getting funding for my Bourbon Quito Sex and Crime project. This the fifth iteration of this project narrative, when counting the

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Chad Black

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