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Rereading the Black LegendThe Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires$
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Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter One Introduction
Rereading the Black Legend

Margaret R. Greer

Walter D. Mignolo

Maureen Quilligan

University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the Black Legend. It suggests that the Black Legend was created when Spain's enemies took Spain's own internal debates about its identity and “purity of blood” and the morality of its behavior in the New World and constructed an image of the Spanish as violent and close to barbarians. This chapter also describes the three simultaneous events that led to the creation of the Black Legend. It also explains that many of the work in this volume were first presented as part of a conference entitled “Rereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires” held at Duke University in April 2003.

Keywords:   Black Legend, Spain, morality, New World, conference, Duke University

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