Biography and the Black Atlantic

TitleBiography and the Black Atlantic
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLindsay, Lisa A., and John Wood Sweet
Number of Pages379
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
CityPhiladelphia
Abstract

In Biography and the Black Atlantic, leading historians in the field of Atlantic studies examine the biographies and autobiographies of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African-descended people and reflect on the opportunities and limitations these life stories present to studies of slavery and the African diaspora. The essays remind us that historical developments like slavery and empire-building were mostly experienced and shaped by men and women outside of the elite political, economic, and military groups to which historians often turn as sources. Despite the scarcity of written records and other methodological challenges, the contributors to Biography and the Black Atlantic have pieced together vivid glimpses into lives of remarkable, though previously unknown, enslaved and formerly enslaved people who moved, struggled, and endured in different parts of Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Biography and the Black Atlantic demonstrates the power of individual stories to illuminate history.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.9783/9780812208702
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