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Lose your mother : a journey along the Atlantic slave route

Author: Saidiya V Hartman
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, Hartman reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African-American history. The slave, Hartman observes, is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Local history
Named Person: Saidiya V Hartman; Saidiya V Hartman
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Saidiya V Hartman
ISBN: 0374270821 9780374270827 9780374531157 0374531153
OCLC Number: 71312800
Description: xi, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The path of strangers --
Afrotopia --
Markets and martyrs --
The family romance --
Come, go back, child --
The tribe of the middle passage --
So many dungeons --
The dead book --
Lose your mother --
The dark days --
The famished road --
Blood cowries --
Fugitive dreams.
Responsibility: Saidiya Hartman.
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"In Lose Your Mother, Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, Hartman reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African-American history. The slave, Hartman observes, is a stranger, one torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider, an alien. There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage, no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and draws her deeper into the heartland of slavery. She passes through the holding cells of military forts and castles, the ruins of towns and villages devastated by the trade, and the fortified settlements built to repel predatory armies and kidnappers. In artful passages of historical portraiture, she shows us an Akan prince who granted the Portuguese permission to build the first permanent trading fort in West Africa, a girl murdered aboard a slave ship, and a community of fugitives seeking a haven from slave raiders"--Jacket.

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