African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas

African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas

by Sheila S. Walker
     
 

Africans and their descendants constituted the majority of the population of the Americas for most of the first three hundred years. Yet their fundamental roles in the creation and definition of the new societies of the Onew world,O and their significance in the development of the Atlantic world, have not been acknowledged. This multidisciplinary volume highlights

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Africans and their descendants constituted the majority of the population of the Americas for most of the first three hundred years. Yet their fundamental roles in the creation and definition of the new societies of the Onew world,O and their significance in the development of the Atlantic world, have not been acknowledged. This multidisciplinary volume highlights the African presence throughout the Americas, and African and African Diasporan contributions to the material and cultural life of all of the Americas, and of all Americans. It includes articles from leading scholars, and from cultural leaders from both well-known and little-known African Diasporan communities. Privileging African Diasporan voices, it offers new perspectives, data, and interpretations that challenge prevailing understandings of the Americas. Its fundamental premise is that the story of the Americas can only be accurately told by including the story of the foundational roles played by Africans and their descendants in the Americas.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
These essays make us 'hip to the jive' while revealing dimensions of the African Americas—exhilarating in their importance.
Ethnic and Racial Studies
This is a highly recommended text for its ability to provoke a productive dialogue of enormous interest to scholars and non-academics alike.
Booknews
Anthropologists, historians, and other scholars and artists from across the Americas discuss the Africanity of blackness and the blackness of whiteness in the Americas; global Africa and the creation of the modern world; African pasts and pan-African presents; recovered histories, recreated nations, and reconstituted communities; and African diasporan presences, resistance, and ways of knowing. The 23 essays were presented at the February 1996 African Diaspora and the Modern World conference held in Austin, Texas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742501645
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2001
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.18(d)

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