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William Garrett Acree Jr. is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis. He is co-editor of Building Nineteenth-Century Latin America.

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...a welcome addition to the study of the rioplatense region, providing new insights and possible paths for future scholarship.
--Latin American Studies
...this book offers an intelligent narrative and compelling analysis of the history of nation and subject formation in Spanish America.
--American Historical Review
...this is an interesting and important book on a little- studied aspect of the Rio de la Plata.
--Hispanic American Historical Review
Its brevity, sparkling prose, and well-selected illustrations recommend it for all scholars interested in print, literacy, and education in Argentina and Uruguay.
--The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
This book makes a solid contribution to the cultural, intellectual, and political history of the Rio de la Plata.
--Richard W. Slatta, author of Simon Bolivar's Quest for Glory
When nations become independent, what do their citizens read? In this lively and consistently engaging book, Billy Acree explores the connections among state-building, citizenship, and everyday reading and writing. Highly recommended!
--George Reid Andrews, author of Afro-Latin America, 1800-2000

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