Origins of the Black Atlantic: New Histories

Origins of the Black Atlantic: New Histories

by Laurent Dubois
     
 

Between 1492 and 1820, about two thirds of the people who crossed the Atlantic to the Americas were Africans. With the exception of the Spanish, all the European empires settled more Africans in the New World than they did Europeans. The vast majority of these enslaved men and women worked on plantations, and their labor was the foundation for the expansion of the

Overview

Between 1492 and 1820, about two thirds of the people who crossed the Atlantic to the Americas were Africans. With the exception of the Spanish, all the European empires settled more Africans in the New World than they did Europeans. The vast majority of these enslaved men and women worked on plantations, and their labor was the foundation for the expansion of the Atlantic economy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

In Origins of the Black Atlantic, Laurent Dubois and Julius S. Scott bring together some of the key contributions to this growing area of scholarship, showing a range of methodological approaches, that can be used to understand and reconstruct the lives of these enslaved people.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'This excellent set of essays gathered and introduced by Laurent Dubois and Julius Scott will become a classic of its kind -- useful to scholars, teachers, and readers of history as long as we want to understand the world of race and class we live in.'

Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History

'Any course on Atlantic revolutions would benefit from this anthology. It provides an important counter-weight to more Euro-centric accounts of the Age of Revolution by showing how enslaved people understood and re-imagined their role within the societies that had enslaved them.'

John D. Garrigus, author of Before Haiti: Race and Citizenship in French Saint-Domingue

'Laurent Dubois and Julius Scott have put together an up-to-date collection of the most interesting literature on the formation of the Black Atlantic, which could easily form the core of a course on the subject. They have been particularly careful to find literature that reveals the dynamic nature of Afro-Atlantic culture and its engagement with the political and cultural dimensions of the Americas.'

John Thornton

'An extraordinarily rich and skilfully assembled collection, and well suited to classroom use, this represents a valuable contribution to an increasingly sophisticated field.' Journal of American Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415994453
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/14/2009
Series:
Rewriting Histories Series
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Laurent Dubois is Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author of A Colony of Citizens: Revolution & Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804.

Julius Scott is a Lecturer in the History department at the University of Michigan. He is also part of their Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.

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