Slave Culture: Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America / Edition 1

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That essay's argument that slave culture flowed forth from an essentially autonomous value system in some ways anticipated the view of Africa's impact on slave consciousness that one finds in this book.

"A splendid addition to the rich literature on the lives of blacks under slavery."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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Editorial Reviews

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Slave culture flowed from an essentially autonomous value system that made the ancestral African past central to blacks in America, Stuckey argues. The common culture slaves achieved, despite coming from diverse ethnic groups, created a Pan-Africanism that has given blacks identity and ideology, he says. To show the culture in the making, he employs a broad, interdisciplinary approach that fuses his noted skills as a historian with the use of anthropology, folklore, linguistics, and musicology. To show the culture's extent, he focuses on the lives and works of David Walker, Henry Highland Garnet, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Paul Robeson. The result is a rich, provocative, and in many ways seminal interpretation that may force a reconsideration of the neglected depths of African culture in America. Thomas J. Davis, African American Studies Dept., SUNY at Buffalo
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"A splendid addition to the rich literature on the lives of blacks under slavery." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"An exciting, superbly documented text....It is Stuckey's masterpiece, a brilliant synthesis of years of research distilled with the insights and analytic knack of one of the master historians of the black experience....It is an essential classic of African-American scholarship." —Robert Farris Thompson, Yale University

"Stuckey's stimulating work clearly suggests that until Afro-Americans can resolve not only the problems of economic and political empowerment but also the related problem of cultural self-definition—especially as regards their Africanness—the travail of black liberation will not come to an end." —The Nation

"Thoughtful tracing of the roots of black nationalist feelings in America over several centuries." —Kirkus Reviews

"An interpretation of considerable originality. [Stuckey] brings a broad knowledge of, and a wonderful ear for, poetry, music, dance, and folklore....I cannot do justice to Stuckey's contributions to scholarship, much less to the pleasure that awaits those who avail themselves of his subtle and nuanced readings." —Eugene Genovese, The New Republic

"Stuckey's signal achievement is that he has forced us to reexamine the roots of slave culture and the attendant political implications in new and exciting ways." —Reviews in American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195056648
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/15/1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,051,497
  • Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.31 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Sterling Stuckey is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at University Of California, Riverside. He is the author of Going through the Storm: The Influence of African American Art in History, and African Culture and Melville's Art.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John Stauffer
1. Introduction: Slavery and the Circle of Culture
2. David Walker: In Defense of African Rights and Liberty
3. Henry HIghland Garnet: Nationalism, Class Analysis, and Revolution
4. Identity and Ideology: The Names Controversy
5. W.E.B. Du Bois: Black Cultural Reality and the Meaning of Freedom
6. On Being African: Paul Robeson and the Ends of Nationalist Theory and Practice

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