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      The Path to Montezuma: The Political Economy of Indianness and Blackness



            This paper will attempt to identify and discuss the following issues: (1) the concepts of African American and Native American identities as aspects of the mode of production in Euro-American or Western capitalism, specifically as employed by the former North American colonies that now comprise the United States, as well as the United States during the modern era; (2) How these identities in the form of “Blackness” and “Indianness” were utilized to establish Euro-American capitalism in the modern era; (3) The concept of political and economic upheaval in the form of what I have dubbed the “Montezuma Effect”; and finally, (4) how mental and physical maroon spaces within the overlapping realms of Indianness and Blackness present the potentiality of a Montezuma Effect to take hold in modern capitalism.


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            Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies
            14 October 2022
            : 3
            : 1
            : 24-35

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            Sociology,Political science,Development studies,Cultural studies
            African american,Blackness,Indianness,Native american,racial capital,U.S. history,maroon spaces,political economy,Montezuma Effect


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