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Look at the history of the American banjo from its origins in the enslaved communities of the Caribbean and North America through its adoption by white musicians in the nineteenth... Read more
Look at the history of the American banjo from its origins in the enslaved communities of the Caribbean and North America through its adoption by white musicians in the nineteenth century and in the twentieth century by diverse styles of music.
Eminent critic Achille Mbembe reevaluates history and racism, offering a capacious genealogy of the category of Blackness-from the Atlantic slave trade to the present-to show how the conjoining of the biological fiction of race with definitions of Blackness have been and continue to be used to uphold oppression.
The first and only successful slave revolution in the Americas began in 1791 when brutally exploited slaves rose up against their masters on Saint-Domingue. Dubois weaves the stories of slaves, free people of African descent, wealthy whites, and French administrators into an unforgettable tale of insurrection, war, heroism, and victory.
American slaves drew on memories of African musical traditions to construct instruments from carved-out gourds covered with animal skin. Providing a sense of rootedness, solidarity, and consolation, banjo picking became an essential part of black plantation life, and its unmistakable sound remains versatile and enduring today, Laurent Dubois shows.
Maligned and misunderstood, the nation has long been blamed by many for its own wretchedness. In this book, the author depicts the isolation and impoverishment that followed the 1804 rebellion: the crushing indemnities imposed by the former French rulers, which initiated a cycle of debt.
Between 1492 and 1820, about two-thirds of the people who crossed the Atlantic to the Americas were Africans. Over the years, however, huge strides have been made in the study of the history of slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic world. This collection brings together some of the key contributions to this growing body of scholarship.
Illuminates the connections between soccer empire and sport by tracing the story of World Cup soccer, from the Cup's French origins in the 1930s to Africa and the Caribbean and back again. This title recounts the lives of two of soccer's most electrifying players, Zidane and his outspoken teammate, Lilian Thuram.
The idea of universal rights is often understood as the product of Europe, but as Dubois demonstrates, it was shaped by the struggle over slavery in the French Caribbean. He examines this revolution by focusing on Guadeloupe, where, in the early 1790s, insurgents on the island fought for equality and formed alliances with besieged Republicans.
Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption. Maligned and misunderstood, the nation has long been blamed by many for its own wretchedness. This title demonstrates that Haiti's troubles owe more to a legacy of international punishment for the original sin of staging the only successful slave revolt in the world.
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