Deep Roots: Rice Farmers In West Africa And The African Diaspora

Paperback | July 11, 2014

byEdda L. Fields-black

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Mangrove rice farming on West Africa's Rice Coast was the mirror image of tidewater rice plantations worked by enslaved Africans in 18th-century South Carolina and Georgia. This book reconstructs the development of rice-growing technology among the Baga and Nalu of coastal Guinea, beginning more than a millennium before the transatlantic slave trade. It reveals a picture of dynamic pre-colonial coastal societies, quite unlike the static, homogenous pre-modern Africa of previous scholarship. From its examination of inheritance, innovation, and borrowing, Deep Roots fashions a theory of cultural change that encompasses the diversity of communities, cultures, and forms of expression in Africa and the African diaspora.

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Mangrove rice farming on West Africa's Rice Coast was the mirror image of tidewater rice plantations worked by enslaved Africans in 18th-century South Carolina and Georgia. This book reconstructs the development of rice-growing technology among the Baga and Nalu of coastal Guinea, beginning more than a millennium before the transatlant...

Edda L. Fields-Black is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in pre-colonial and West African history. With research interests extending into the African diaspora, for more than 15 years Fields-Black has traveled to and lived in Guinea, Sierra Leone, South Carolina, and Georgia to uncover the history of Af...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 11, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:025301610X

ISBN - 13:9780253016102

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Orthography

Introduction
1. The Rio Nunez Region: A Small Corner of West Africa's Rice Coast Region
2. The First-Comers and the Roots of Coastal Rice-growing Technology
3. The Newcomers and the Seeds of Tidal Rice-Growing Technology
4. Coastal Collaboration and Specialization: Flowering of Tidal Rice-Growing Technologies
5. The Strangers and the Branches of Coastal Rice-growing Technology, c.1500 to 1800
6. Feeding the Slave Trade: The Trade in Rice and Captives from West Africa's Rice Coast
Conclusion

Appendix I.1 Fieldwork Interviews
Appendix I.2 Rice Terminology in Atlantic Languages Spoken in the Coastal Rio Nunez Region
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"A stimulating study that deserves attention in graduate seminars... in African history... and in African diaspora studies." -HISTORIAN, December, 2010