Transatlantic Africa: 1440-1888

Paperback | March 14, 2014

byKwasi Konadu

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Transatlantic Africa: 1440-1888 offers an African-centric interpretation of the Atlantic slave trade. Based on careful reading of Africans' oral histories and traditions, written documents, and visual evidence, the book focuses not on the mechanics or operation of the Atlantic slaving system,but rather on the beliefs, ideas, and worldviews of the Africans who experienced it. It examines the internal workings of African societies and their members at various strata in the transatlantic era, strongly emphasizing the global context and the multiplicity of African experiences during thatperiod, and interpreting the process of transatlantic slaving and its consequences through largely African and diasporic primary sources. By integrating Africans' viewpoints with critical interpretations, Transatlantic Africa: 1440-1888 balances intellectual rigor with broad accessibility, helping students to think about the Atlantic slave trade from a new perspective.

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Transatlantic Africa: 1440-1888 offers an African-centric interpretation of the Atlantic slave trade. Based on careful reading of Africans' oral histories and traditions, written documents, and visual evidence, the book focuses not on the mechanics or operation of the Atlantic slaving system,but rather on the beliefs, ideas, and worldv...

Kwasi Konadu is Associate Professor of History at The City University of New York. He is the author of several books, including: The Akan Diaspora in the Americas (OUP, 2010). He is also the founding director of the nonprofit publishing educational group, Diasporic Africa Press, Inc.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199764875

ISBN - 13:9780199764877

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Introduction1. The Anchors: African Understandings of their Societies and "Slavery"2. Vessels and Villains: African Understandings of Atlantic Commerce and Commodification3. Black Bodies at Bay and Reversing Sail: African Understandings of Self, Religion, and Returning Hom4. The Endless Voyage of Cannibalism and Capitalism: African Understandings of the Impacts of Transatlantic Slaving and AbolitionismEpilogue: Almost Home: Forgetful Memories and Getting the Stories Right