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A major new interpretation recasts U.S. history between revolution and civil war, exposing a dramatic reversal in sympathy toward Latin American revolutions.

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In the early nineteenth century, the United States turned its idealistic gaze southward, imagining a legacy of revolution and republicanism it hoped would dominate the American hemisphere. From pulsing port cities to Midwestern farms and southern plantations, an adolescent nation hailed Latin America's independence movements as glorious tropical reprises of 1776. Even as Latin Americans were gradually ending slavery, U.S. observers remained energized by the belief that their founding ideals were triumphing over European tyranny among their "sister republics." But as slavery became a violently divisive issue at home, goodwill toward antislavery revolutionaries waned. By the nation's fiftieth anniversary, republican efforts abroad had become a scaffold upon which many in the United States erected an ideology of white U.S. exceptionalism that would haunt the geopolitical landscape for generations. Marshaling groundbreaking research in four languages, Caitlin Fitz defines this hugely significant, previously unacknowledged turning point in U.S. history.

"Narrator Emily Durante delivers this work in an earnest voice . . . [she] pronounces both English and Spanish words correctly, and her diction is excellent." ---AudioFile

"Our Sister Republics provides an alternative picture of who we might have been, and just maybe, whom we might become." ---Amy Greenberg, author of A Wicked War

"Caitlin Fitz's Our Sister Republic is a tremendous accomplishment." ---Greg Grandin, author of The Empire of Necessity

Our Sister Republics

The United States in an Age of American Revolutions

Author Caitlin Fitz

Narrated by Emily Durante

Publication date Jul 5, 2016

Running time 10 hrs

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