The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography

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Howard Lab

From Toussaint L'Ouverture to Pelé, the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB) provides a comprehensive overview of the lives of Caribbeans and Afro-Latin Americans who are historically significant. Unprecedented in scale, the six-volume work covers the entire Caribbean, and the Afro-descended populations throughout Latin America, including people who spoke and wrote Creole, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. It also encompasses the full scope of history, with entries on figures from the first forced slave migrations in the sixteenth centuries, to entries on living persons such as the Haitian musician and politician Wyclef Jean and the Cuban author and poet Nancy Morejón. In all, 2,079 biographical subjects are covered and, like the African American National Biography and the Dictionary of African Biography, DCALAB will continue to grow on AASC. In this photo essay, scholar, author, and contributor Heidi Feldman provides a brief tour of the project, highlighting the scope and depth of the Dictionary.

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