Slave Culture: Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America

Slave Culture Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America In this ground breaking study Sterling Stuckey a leading cultural historian and authority on slavery explains how different African peoples interacted on the plantations of the South to achieve a c

  • Title: Slave Culture: Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America
  • Author: Sterling Stuckey
  • ISBN: 9780195056648
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this ground breaking study, Sterling Stuckey, a leading cultural historian and authority on slavery, explains how different African peoples interacted on the plantations of the South to achieve a common culture He argues that, at the time of emancipation, slaves still remained essentially African in culture, a conclusion with profound implications for theories of blackIn this ground breaking study, Sterling Stuckey, a leading cultural historian and authority on slavery, explains how different African peoples interacted on the plantations of the South to achieve a common culture He argues that, at the time of emancipation, slaves still remained essentially African in culture, a conclusion with profound implications for theories of black liberation and for the future of race relations in America Drawing evidence from the anthropology and art history of Central and West African cultural traditions and exploring the folklore of the American slave, Stuckey reveals an intrinsic Pan African impulse that contributed to the formation of the black ethos in slavery He presents fascinating profiles of such nineteenth century figures as David Walker, Henry Highland Garnet, and Frederick Douglass, as well as detailed examinations into the lives and careers of W.E.B Du Bois and Paul Robeson in this century.

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    1. The only thing I can hold against this book is the title "Slave Culture", which implies that the slave status itself created a culture which was crucial in the context of the subject of the book. In the text of the book however, it is shown that the links to various African cultures and African cultural heritage which was the crucial factors in African-American nationalist theory and the foundations of black America.So apart from the title, the book is brilliant, thorough and all through very in [...]

    2. There'a an article length version of this book, originally published in The Massachusetts Review, which gives you everything you need. I remember being very excited when this book appeared and extremely disappointed when I read it. The notion of nationalism in the book flattens out the nuance of the article, which is a useful complement to Lawrence Levine's vastly superior Black Culture and Black Consciousness.

    3. Sterling Stuckey is the rock star of American history, don't believe the hype about those other historians! Stuckey is where it's at. Read this!

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