About this book
Simón Bolívar is the preeminent symbol of Latin America and the subject of seemingly endless posthumous attention. Interpreted and reinterpreted in biographies, histories, political writings, speeches, and works of art and fiction, he has been a vehicle for public discourse for the past two centuries. Robert T. Conn follows the afterlives of Bolívar across the Americas, tracing his presence in a range of competing but interlocking national stories. How have historians, writers, statesmen, filmmakers, and institutions reworked his life and writings to make cultural and political claims? How has his legacy been interpreted in the countries whose territories he liberated, as well as in those where his importance is symbolic, such as the United States? In answering these questions, Conn illuminates the history of nation building and hemispheric globalism in the Americas.
Simon Bolivar political identity of Latin America Pan Americanism representations of Bolivar nation building in the Americas Bolivarian Venezuela Enlightenment in Latin America Cuba World War II and Latin America Bolivar in Bolivia Bolivar in Argentina Bolivar in the United States Garcia Marquez Hugo Chavez Jose Marti Fidel Castro Rio de la Plata Latin American independence