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From the Publisher[A] conceptual tour de force. No brief review can do justice to the nuances and complexities of Gomez's argument.
[A] rare and creative inquiry into the origins of African identity in the United States from 1526 to 1830.
Gomez gracefully and distinctively enlivens slaves• understandings of themselves as Igbo, Muslims, parents, children, and—eventually—•Africans• and Americans.
Journal of Southern History
Deeply researched in both African and North American sources.
nternational Journal of African Historical Studies
Gomez has yoked his admirable grasp of recent advances in African historiography with a subtle and sensitive reading of slavery.
American Historical Review