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May 4th, 2010
Texas State author reveals Bahia in book

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Romo’s book deals with the history of the small country in sociological terms.

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Anadelia Romo, assistant professor of history at Texas State, will have her first book, Brazil’s Living Museum: Race, Reform, and Tradition in Bahia, released this month by the University of North Carolina Press.

The 240-page manuscript traces the evolution of Afro-Brazilian culture and how it has been instrumental in shaping the identity of Brazil’s northeastern state, Bahia. Romo specializes in Latin American history and has committed a great deal of her research to race relations in Brazil.

“American historians have long looked to Brazil as an important comparison to our own troubled trajectory,” said Romo, explaining that there were more Africans transported as slaves to Brazil than any other colony in the Americas.

Brazil has been viewed by outsiders as a model of racial harmony because it has never established segregation or formal racial controls. The state of Bahia has been thought to be an area where such racial harmony was most evident.

“Although vast racial disparities now make it clear that the idea of harmony was more of a dreamy ideal than a reality, the construction of this ideal has not been fully traced in the historical record,” Romo said.  “My book undertakes this project.”

Romo is a member of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and the American History Association (AHA).

The book can be purchased  through the University of North Carolina Press at www.uncpress.unc.edu.

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