BOOKS RECEIVED: Antoinette Jackson, “Speaking for the Enslaved: Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
Focusing on the agency of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the South, this work argues for the systematic unveiling and recovery of subjugated knowledge, histories, and cultural practices of those traditionally silenced and overlooked by national heritage projects and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Anna S. Agbe-Davies, “Tobacco, Pipes, and Race in Colonial Virginia: Little Tubes of Mighty Power” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Tobacco, Pipes, and Race in Colonial Virginia investigates the economic and social power that surrounded the production and use of tobacco pipes in colonial Virginia and the difficulty of correlating objects with cultural identities. A common artifact in colonial period… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED:  Kimberly Nettles, “Guyana Diaries: Women’s Lives Across Difference” (Left Coast Press, 2008)
Guyana Diaries narrates the life histories of members of the Red Thread Development Corporation, a group of women activists in the Caribbean. Kimberly Nettles, an African American researcher, explores the impact of their work on these women’s lives and, in… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Du Bois, et al, “Encyclopedia of the Negro: Preparatory Volume with Reference Lists and Reports,” New ed. (Left Coast Press, 2008)
The publication of the Encyclopedia Africana in 1999 was only the most recent attempt to summarize our knowledge of African and African diaspora peoples. Famed social scientist W. E. B. Du Bois was involved in similar projects over half a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Robert F. Darden, “Nothing But Love in God’s Water, V.1: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement” (Penn State UP, 2014)
The first of two volumes chronicling the history and role of music in the African American experience, Nothing but Love in God’s Water explores how songs and singers helped African Americans challenge and overcome slavery, subjugation, and suppression. From the… Read More
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