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The Amistad Revolt

Author: Iyunolu Folayan Osagie
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820327259
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From journalism and lectures to drama, visual art, and the Spielberg film, this study ranges across the varied cultural reactions--in America and Sierra Leone--engendered by the 1839 Amistad slave ship revolt. Iyunolu Folayan Osagie is a native of Sierra Leone, from where the Amistad's cargo of slaves originated. She digs deeply into the Amistad story to show the historical and contemporary relevance of the incident and its subsequent trials. At the same time, she shows how the incident has contributed to the construction of national and cultural identity both in Africa and the African diasporo in America--though in intriguingly different ways. This pioneering work of comparative African and American cultural criticism shows how creative arts have both confirmed and fostered the significance of the Amistad revolt in contemporary racial discourse and in the collective memories of both countries.

Afrika Kontinent Der Extreme

Author: Andreas Exenberger
Publisher: innsbruck University Press
ISBN: 3903122343
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Ist Afrika ein Kontinent der Extreme? Es grenzte an Realitätsverweigerung, die zahlreichen Probleme zu negieren, mit denen die Menschen in diesem Kontinent konfrontiert sind. Gleichzeitig wäre es fahrlässig, mit kolonialem Blick darin zu verharren, Afrika ausschließlich über diese Probleme und Extreme zu definieren. Vielmehr ist der Kontinent in jeder Hinsicht vielfältig. Um seine Geschichte(n), Gegenwart(en) und Identität(en) angemessen in den Blick zu nehmen, bedarf es daher aber einer ebenso vielfältigen Herangehensweise. Diesem Ziel ist dieser Band verpflichtet, in dem sich in einem interdisziplinären Prozess verschiedene historische, politikwissenschaftliche, politökonomische, literaturwissenschaftliche und geografische Zugänge mit Fallstudien aus allen Regionen des Kontinents aufeinander zu bewegt haben. Ist also Afrika ein Kontinent der Extreme? Lesen Sie das Buch und urteilen Sie selbst.

Rebellious Histories

Author: Matthew J. Christensen
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438439717
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Traces the emergence of creative texts focusing on the nineteenth-century slave trade to make sense of the radicalized effects of global capitalism.

The Amistad Rebellion

Author: Marcus Rediker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101601051
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On June 28, 1839, the Spanish slave schooner Amistad set sail from Havana on a routine delivery of human cargo. On a moonless night, after four days at sea, the captive Africans rose up, killed the captain, and seized control of the ship. They attempted to sail to a safe port, but were captured by the U.S. Navy and thrown into jail in Connecticut. Their legal battle for freedom eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, where their cause was argued by former president John Quincy Adams. In a landmark ruling, they were freed and eventually returned to Africa. The rebellion became one of the best-known events in the history of American slavery, celebrated as a triumph of the legal system in films and books, all reflecting the elite perspective of the judges, politicians, and abolitionists involved in the case. In this powerful and highly original account, Marcus Rediker reclaims the rebellion for its true proponents: the African rebels who risked death to stake a claim for freedom. Using newly discovered evidence, Rediker reframes the story to show how a small group of courageous men fought and won an epic battle against Spanish and American slaveholders and their governments. He reaches back to Africa to find the rebels’ roots, narrates their cataclysmic transatlantic journey, and unfolds a prison story of great drama and emotion. Featuring vividly drawn portraits of the Africans, their captors, and their abolitionist allies, he shows how the rebels captured the popular imagination and helped to inspire and build a movement that was part of a grand global struggle between slavery and freedom. The actions aboard the Amistad that July night and in the days and months that followed were pivotal events in American and Atlantic history, but not for the reasons we have always thought. The successful Amistad rebellion changed the very nature of the struggle against slavery. As a handful of self-emancipated Africans steered their own course to freedom, they opened a way for millions to follow. This stunning book honors their achievement.

Trials Of The Century

Author: Scott Patrick Johnson
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598842617
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Presents reference entries for the most significant and well-known trials of American history, from pre-Revolutionary times up to the present day and the influence they have had on popular culture.

Term Paper Resource Guide To Nineteenth Century U S History

Author: Kathleen W. Craver
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313348105
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Presents one hundred topics for term papers in the field of nineteenth-century United States history, including Native Americans, slavery and emancipation, women's rights, and Hispanic history.

Legacies Of Slavery

Author: Maria Suzette Fernandes Dias
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The proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly of the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition during 2004 marked the culmination of recent efforts to re-engage with slavery''s past and create an intellectual, social, political and ethical climate conducive to a sustained and meaningful dialogue among cultures and civilisations. The past decade witnessed an upsurge of national and international exhibitions and conferences on the impact of slavery and the overwhelming and enduring cultural miscegenation and the demographic, socio-political and spiritual hybridisation that the phenomenon consciously or unconsciously initiated; the celebration of efforts by Abolitionists to publicise the savagery of this inhumane practice; a revival of interest in and the glorification of, the often ignored or historically negatively represented resistance to slavery by slaves themselves; and, numerous endeavours to address the negative legacies of slavery like racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, which continue to impinge upon our present as part of contemporary politics.Yet, these ventures aimed at raising awareness of the horrors of slave trade and slavery, at honouring struggles for the emancipation of the enslaved, at examining the aftermath of slavery like the emergence of a new historic consciousness, at restoring broken links and solidarity between the historically dislocated diasporas and their countries of origin, at commemorating sites of memory, and, at celebrating artistic and cultural mčtissage, such as the UNESCO''s Slave Route Project, have largely focused on the Atlantic World, and the deportation of slaves from Africa to other parts of the World, raising questions about the legacy of slavery in other societies, like those in Asia, the Pacific and Europe, where slavery still remains on the margins of national and post-colonial histories.This edited volume is an attempt to reconsider slavery as a global human institution which has coexisted with other socio-political, economic, legal and cultural institutions. As a temporally and spatially ubiquitous phenomenon, it has generated and continues to, engender legacies, be they historical, oral or visual, which need to be compared and discussed to facilitate dialogue between cultures and civilisations and to mitigate the wounds of the past which continue to scar our present. It brings together writings by scholars from history, literature, anthropology and cultural studies who examine the indelible mark left by slavery in its various forms, on societies, cultures and peoples all over the world and attempts by artistes and writers to alleviate this stigmata of History.This volume consists of two sections. The first section entitled Connecting Histories explores some of the varied forms in which slavery presented itself in the last four centuries and the need to reengage with its legacies. Adhering to Manning''s contention that slavery is an enduring metaphor for inequities in the treatment of humans, this section focuses on identifying the legacy of slavery and its significance in scholarship (Manning); alternate perspectives on slavery through the examination of forced labour and the dehumanising treatment of indigenous people in Australia (Read), enforced migration and labour exploitation of convicts in penal colonies (Maxwell-Stewart); and, a historical overview of Lusitanian slavery in India (D''Souza) and the hybridisation of pre-colonial slavery traditions in the perpetuation of the perkerniersstelse, or a profitably managed European settler-colony based on the global monopoly of nutmeg production, by the Dutch (Winn).The second section of the book entitled Centering Discourses: Identity, Image and Text begins with a postcolonialist reading of Caribbean slavery as a legacy of capitalism, imperialism and plantation culture and above all, the globalization of sugar consumption (Ashcroft). The two chapters tha