From Publishers Weekly
This scholarly study of the black experience in the Americas will be of interest mostly to students. Conniff, a history professor at Auburn University in Alabama, and Davis, a teacher of African American studies and history at the State University of New York, proceed chronologically, providing background on the history of Africa and the slave trade, then looking at particular circumstances of life, labor, emancipation and assimilation in four regions: the Caribbean, Brazil, Spanish America and North America. The comparative approach yields meaningful observations, such as the more rapid acculturation by blacks in the United States, and the deleterious effects of Brazil's national repression of its slave history. Although they include certain intriguing details--for example, the contributions of largely ignored Afro-Mexicans to their country's hybrid society--the authors generally eschew anecdote and popular writing. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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From Library Journal
Latin American historian Conniff ( Black Labor on a White Canal , LJ 7/85) and African American historian and LJ reviewer Davis ( Rumor of Revolt , LJ 6/15/85) endeavor to chronicle the divergent histories of African slaves and their descendants in the United States, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Spanish America. Today, the African diaspora is mired in poverty, wields little political power, and still reflects the impact of European cultural hegemony. This introductory historiography shows how the racism inherent in European colonialism created this situation. Overall, the text outlines the dominion of state and European society over the African populations, with several chapters centering on the histories of the internal communities of African descent in the Americas. The bibliographic essay is useful, but scholars would want references. Recommended for all relevant collections.- Kathleen E. Bethel, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, Ill.
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