The Human Tradition in the Black Atlantic, 1500-2000

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Beatriz Gallotti Mamigonian, Karen Racine
Rowman & Littlefield, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 229 pages
Like snapshots of everyday life in the past, the compelling biographies in this book document the making of the Black Atlantic world since the sixteenth century from the point of view of those who were part of it. Centering on the diaspora caused by the forced migration of Africans to Europe and across the Atlantic to the Americas, the chapters explore the slave trade, enslavement, resistance, adaptation, cultural transformations, and the quest for citizenship rights. The variety of experiences, constraints and choices depicted in the book and their changes across time and space defy the idea of a unified "black experience." At the same time, it is clear that in the twentieth century, "black" identity unified people of African descent who, along with other "minority" groups, struggled against colonialism and racism and presented alternatives to a version of modernity that excluded and alienated them. Drawing on a rich array of little-known documents, the contributors reconstruct the lives and times of some well-known characters along with ordinary people who rarely left written records and would otherwise have remained anonymous and unknown. Contributions by: Aaron P. Althouse, Alan Bloom, Marcus J. M. de Carvalho, Aisnara Perera Díaz, María de los Ángeles Meriño Fuentes, Flávio dos Santos Gomes, Hilary Jones, Beatriz G. Mamigonian, Charles Beatty Medina, Richard Price, Sally Price, Cassandra Pybus, Karen Racine, Ty M. Reese, João José Reis, Lorna Biddle Rinear, Meredith L. Roman, Maya Talmon-Chvaicer, and Jerome Teelucksingh.
 

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Contents

Introduction People in the Making of the Black Atlantic
1
A Mexican Mulata
23
African Anglican
37
A Founding
51
A Muslim in
65
African Slave
77
Senegals Deputy
89
Caribbean
103
Celebrity Worker
133
A PanAfrican
163
Artist Intellectual
177
Notes
191
Suggested Readings by Topic
199
Selected Filmography on the Black Atlantic
209
Index
215
About the Editors and Contributors
225

The Black Jacobin
123

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About the author (2010)

Beatriz G. Mamigonian is professor of history at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil. Karen Racine is associate professor of Latin American history at the University of Guelph, Canada.

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