ISBN-10:
0674024222
ISBN-13:
9780674024229
Pub. Date:
02/15/2008
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery / Edition 1

The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery / Edition 1

by Vincent Brown, B. Brown

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674024229
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Vincent Brown is Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue: Death, Power, and Atlantic Slavery

1. Worlds of Wealth and Death

2. Last Rites and First Principles

3. Expectations of the Dead

4. Icons, Shamans, and Martyrs

5. The Soul of the British Empire

6. Holy Ghosts and Eternal Salvation

7. Gardens of Remembrance

Epilogue: Regeneration

Appendix

Abbreviations in Notes

Notes

Index

What People are Saying About This

A magisterial and brilliant account of the politics of death in the world of Atlantic slavery. We experience in vivid detail the role of the dead in the relationships, aspirations, and politics of the living. If the ghost of slavery haunts us in the present, as Brown reminds us, it is because our freedom dreams are tethered to those of the enslaved.

Laurent Dubois

In this riveting and remarkable book, Vincent Brown carries us to the epicenter of the experience of slavery. He shows us how, in plantation Jamaica and along the Atlantic currents that shaped it, the worlds of the living and the dead were always tightly intertwined.
Laurent Dubois, author of Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution

Saidiya Hartman

A magisterial and brilliant account of the politics of death in the world of Atlantic slavery. We experience in vivid detail the role of the dead in the relationships, aspirations, and politics of the living. If the ghost of slavery haunts us in the present, as Brown reminds us, it is because our freedom dreams are tethered to those of the enslaved.
Saidiya Hartman, author of Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

Ira Berlin

Vincent Brown makes the dead talk. With his deep learning and powerful historical imagination, he calls upon the departed to explain the living. The Reaper's Garden stretches the historical canvas and forces readers to think afresh. It is a major contribution to the history of Atlantic slavery.
Ira Berlin, author of Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America

James Sidbury

An elegant and powerful study of the ways that all of Jamaica's people-poor and rich, slave and free, black and white-lived in the constant shadow of death in England's richest and most important colony. A profound exploration of the meanings of death and the dead for the living.
James Sidbury, author of Becoming African in America

Marcus Rediker

The Reaper's Garden is a truly luminous book that will establish Vincent Brown's reputation as a brilliant interpreter of the African diaspora.
Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History

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