Biography and the Black Atlantic

In this volume, leading historians reflect on the recent biographical turn in studies of slavery and the modern African diaspora. This collection presents vivid glimpses into the lives of remarkable enslaved and formerly enslaved people who moved, struggled, and endured in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic world.

Biography and the Black Atlantic

Lisa A. Lindsay and John Wood Sweet, Editors

2013 | 384 pages | Cloth $55.00
American History | History | African-American/African Studies
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Biography and the Black Atlantic

PART I. PARAMETERS
Chapter 1. A Historical Appreciation of the Biographical Turn
—Joseph C. Miller
Chapter 2. Understanding the Slave Experience in West Africa
—Martin Klein
Chapter 3. Robinson Charley: The Ideological Underpinnings of Atlantic History
—Sheryl Kroen

PART II. MOBILITY
Chapter 4. Black Pearls: Writing Black Atlantic Women's Biography
—Jon Sensbach
Chapter 5. Recovered Lives as a Window into the Enslaved Family
—Cassandra Pybus
Chapter 6. From Slave to Wealthy African Freedman: The Story of Manoel Joaquim Ricardo
—João José Reis

PART III. SELF-FASHIONING
Chapter 7. David Dorr's Journey Toward Selfhood in Europe
— Lloyd Kramer
Chapter 8. Methodology in the Making and Reception of Equiano
—Vincent Carretta
Chapter 9. Remembering His Country Marks: A Nigerian American Family and Its "African" Ancestor
—Lisa Lindsay

PART IV. POLITICS
Chapter 10. The Atlantic Transformations of Francisco Menéndez
—Jane Landers
Chapter 11. Echoes of the Atlantic: Benguela (Angola) and Brazilian Independence
—Roquinaldo Ferreira
Chapter 12. Rosalie of the Poulard Nation: Freedom, Law, and Dignity in the Era of the Haitian Revolution
—Rebecca Scott and Jean-Michel Hébrard

Afterword
—James Campbell

Notes
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments