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Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 444 pp. Fine in a Very Good, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear that includes light chipping. From dust jacket: This...collection of documents portrays the encounter of Africans and Europeans in the New World, in order to explore what was and is distinctly Afro-American in the cultures of the Americas. Vivid selections from travel books, journals, and missionary accounts give firm evidence that, contrary to widespread opinion, strong pan-African elements of social and cultural life were maintained under plantation conditions -- especially in the areas of worship, belief, entertainment, and other dimensions of expressive culture. Roger D. Abrahams and John F. Szwed have arranged the documents primarily according to the major areas of expressive life. Introductions to the book as a whole and to each section explore many of the issues in the continuing debate over the nature of Afro-American culture. In an appendix the authors provide for comparative purposes accounts of slave lives in the southernern United States.
Title: After Africa: Extracts from British Travel Accounts and Journals of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries concerning the Slaves, their Manners, and Customs in the British West Indies. Introduced and edited by Roger D. Abrahams and John F. Szwed, Assisted by Leslie Baker and Adrian Stackhouse.
Location Published: New Haven: Yale University Press, (1983).
Categories: African American History
Seller ID: vas815