Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links / Edition 1

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Overview

Enslaved peoples were brought to the Americas from many places in Africa, but a large majority came from relatively few ethnic groups. Drawing on a wide range of materials in four languages as well as on her lifetime study of slave groups in the New World, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall explores the persistence of African ethnic identities among the enslaved over four hundred years of the Atlantic slave trade.

Hall traces the linguistic, economic, and cultural ties shared by large numbers of enslaved Africans, showing that despite the fragmentation of the diaspora many ethnic groups retained enough cohesion to communicate and to transmit elements of their shared culture. Hall concludes that recognition of the survival and persistence of African ethnic identities can fundamentally reshape how people think about the emergence of identities among enslaved Africans and their descendants in the Americas, about the ways shared identity gave rise to resistance movements, and about the elements of common African ethnic traditions that influenced regional creole cultures throughout the Americas.

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"Hall's work offers a major contribution to the longstanding debate over the Africanness of slave culture in the Americas. . . . Hall rises to the challenge."--The Southern Quarterly

"Could stimulate important future research. The book is a reminder that scholarship may depend more on the sources used than on the 'truth' or the 'facts.'. . . Recommended."--Choice

"The book's continuing return to the methodological necessity of exploring African ethnicity in the Americas with ample regard for historical context and change over time and place is necessary and important."--H-Atlantic

"A relatively small book, whose size belies its importance. . . . [Hall] adopt[s] a hemispheric perspective that places the North American experience in its proper context."--Southern Cultures

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807829738
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall is senior research fellow at Tulane University, professor emerita of history at Rutgers University, and International Advisory Board Member of the Harriet Tubman Resource Center on the African Diaspora at York University, Toronto. She is author of several books as well as a CD and website database on Afro-Louisiana history and genealogy.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface: Truth and Reconciliation

Acknowledgments

1. Gold, God, Race, and Slaves

2. Making Invisible Africans Visible: Coasts, Ports, Regions, and Ethnicities

3. The Clustering of African Ethnicities in the Americas

4. Greater Senegambia/Upper Guinea

5. Lower Guinea: Ivory Coast, Gold Coast, and Slave Coast

6. Lower Guinea: The Bight of Biafra

7. Bantulands: West Central Africa and Mozambique

Conclusion: Implications for Culture Formation in the Americas

Appendix: Prices of Slaves by Ethnicity and Gender in Louisiana, 1719-1820

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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