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Reversing Sail

Reversing Sail
A History of the African Diaspora

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Part of New Approaches to African History

  • Date Published: August 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521806626

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  • This 2005 book examines the global unfolding of the African Diaspora, the migrations and dispersals of the people of Africa, from antiquity to the modern period. Their exploits, challenges, and struggles are discussed over a wide expanse of time in ways that link as well as differentiate past and present circumstances. The experiences of Africans in the Old World, in the Mediterranean and Islamic worlds, is followed by their movement into the New, where their experience in lands claimed by Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French and English colonial powers is analyzed from enslavement through to the Cold War. While appropriate mention is made of persons of renown, particular attention is paid to the everyday lives of working class people and their cultural efflorescence. The book also attempts to explain contemporary plights and struggles through the lens of history.

    • Relates histories of Africans and their descendants to all three Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Islam, and Christianity
    • Provides the most accurate knowledge available on the movements of precise African populations into various parts of the Americas
    • Examines the African influence in various cultural forms throughout the Americas
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    • Date Published: August 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521806626
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 176 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 8 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. 'Old' World Dimensions:
    1. Antiquity
    2. Africans and the Bible
    3. Africans and the Islamic world
    Part II. 'New' World Realities:
    4. Transatlantic movement
    5. Enslavement
    6. Asserting the right to be
    7. Reconnecting
    8. Movement of peoples.

  • Author

    Michael A. Gomez, New York University
    Michael A. Gomez is Professor of History at New York University. He is the author of Pragmatism in the Age of Jihad: The Precolonial State of Bundu (Cambridge, 1992) and Exchanging our Country Marks: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South (1998). He currently serves as director of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora.

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