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Africa in America : slave acculturation and resistance in the American South and the British Caribbean, 1736-1831 / Michael Mullin.

By: Mullin, Michael, 1938-.
Contributor(s): American Council of Learned Societies.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Blacks in the New World. ACLS Humanities E-Book.Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1992Description: 412 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0252018893; 0252064461.Subject(s): Slaves -- Southern States -- Social conditions | Slaves -- Caribbean, English-speaking -- Social conditions | Slave insurrections -- Southern States | Slave insurrections -- Caribbean, English-speakingOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook. In: ACLS Humanities E-BookURL:
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E443 c1992 (Browse shelf) Available heb.01386

Includes bibliographical references (p. [385]-403) and index.

Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Scholarly Publishing Office, 2003. Includes both TIFF files and keyword searchable text. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book]) Mode of access: Intranet. This volume is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Two primary themes of New World slavery studies are resistance and assimilation. Through an examination of four distinct slave societies Virginia, the Carolina rice coast, Jamaica, and Barbadoes Mullin links these two themes in a new analysis of the role of ethnicity among African slaves. Concentrating on plantation records, white overseers' journals, and newspaper reports of fugitive slaves, he presents a white world's view of ethnicity. In that view, the Caribbean becomes culturally conservative, with survival of specific African identities; in North America, assimilation becomes the norm. The centerpiece of this New World Africa is the sugar island of Jamaica, which receives the most attention. Particularly good is Mullin's study of Jamaican Maroons and the tenuous culture they created. The book examines the themes during three chronological periods: the era of the African born, that of the plantation born, and last, that of the assimilated third or fourth generation. The study is a unique look at cultural change and survival while it was happening. There are four appendixes, the most important of which is the "Provenance of African Slaves Brought to British America." An excellent addition to the field of slavery studies. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty. R. T. Brown; Westfield State College

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