Everywhere and Nowhere: The Historical Erasure of the Transnational Activist Ana Livia Cordero
This paper reconstructs and closely examines Cordero’s life in order to draw attention to the influential role of Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans, and women in the movement to build solidarity between leftists fighting against racism, colonialism, and imperialism in Africa, the United States, and Latin America. This paper will also pay close attention to Cordero's racial identification. As a white-presenting individual, Cordero passionately advocated for Puerto Ricans to embrace their Black heritage, and she also worked to include the case of Puerto Rico on the agendas of various movements. Cordero was an embodied link between some of the most prominent African American and Puerto Rican intellectuals and activists of her time, but she is largely absent from academic literature. The paper will interrogate how race and gender operated in Cordero's life, making her both visible and invisible to the people she worked with, as well as the scholars who have written about the time period during which she lived.
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