Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Routeby Saidiya Hartman
In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and/i>
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This book was hard to put down. As an African-American it has always been difficult to deal with the issue of slavery. Some accounts left me enraged others sad, and some both. Ms. Hartman does an excellent job of expressing what I and others of the African diaspora feel about not really belonging here or there. I believe every high school child should read this book as an introduction to the history and learning to cope with the past.