First-Time: The Historical Vision of an African American People

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 15, 2002 - History - 189 pages
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A classic of historical anthropology, First-Time traces the shape of historical thought among peoples who had previously been denied any history at all. The top half of each page presents a direct transcript of oral histories told by living Saramakas about their eighteenth-century ancestors, "Maroons" who had escaped slavery and settled in the rain forests of Suriname. Below these transcripts, Richard Price provides commentaries placing the Saramaka accounts into broader social, intellectual, and historical contexts.

First-Time's unique style of presentation preserves the integrity of both its oral and documentary sources, uniting them in a profound meditation on the roles of history and memory. This second edition includes a new preface by the author, discussing First-Time's impact and recounting the continuing struggles of the Saramaka people.
 

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Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
8
OF SPEAKERSTO READERS
31
THE EVENTS
41
TOWARD FREEDOM 17491759
135
REFERENCES
183
THANKS
189
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About the author (2002)

Richard Price is the Duane A. and Virginia S. Dittman Professor of American Studies, Anthropology, and History at the College of William and Mary and winner of the J. I. Staley Prize in Anthropology. First-Time won the 1984 Elsie Clews Parsons Prize from the American Folklore Society.

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