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Hernández Cuevas, Marco Polo

Marco Polo Hernández Cuevas is currently Associate Professor of Spanish at North Carolina Central University. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature, Popular Culture and Criticism from The University of British Columbia.

África en México: Una Herencia Repudiada
2007 0-7734-5216-8
Explores the African presence in Mexico and the impact it has had on the development of Mexican national identity over the past centuries. By analyzing Mexican miscegenation from a perspective identified as mestizaje positivo (positive miscegenation) where an equality exists among all ethnic heritages are equal forming the glue that binds together the new ethnicity, it reveals that Mexico’s African heritage is alive and well. In the end, the author calls for further examinations into the damage caused to the majority of the Mexican population by a Eurocentric mentality that marks them as inferior.

Afro-Mexican Ancestors and the Nation They Constructed
2015 1-4955-0325-9
This multidisciplinary study reconstructs nineteenth-century Mexican history from a close examination of its colonial genocidal actions against tens-of-thousands of Africans and African offspring in New Spain. This work establishes and reinserts the importance of the African element to the advancements of postcolonial Mexican history.

A Review of the Evidence
2010 0-7734-3781-9
This work is an Afrocentric analysis that subscribes to the notion that there is one human race of multiple ethnicities. It acknowledges Mexico’s African, Amerindian (herein after called First Nations), Asian, and European ethnic heritages. Contrary to the African-disappearance-by- miscegenation-hypothesis-turned-ideology, it introduces the theory of the widespread Africanization of Mexico from the sixteenth century onward.