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Monuments of the Black Atlantic

This book, co-edited by Joanne Braxton and Maria Diedrich, explores the concept of memory in African disasporic life, particularly as it pertains to the Middle Passage and the attempts made by scholars to reclaim what was lost during that period. Many of the essays in the book were delivered at the Monuments of the Black Atlantic Conference held at the College of William and Mary in May 2000.   

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Table of Contents

Edited by Joanne Braxton, College of William and Mary,
and Maria Diedrich, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Munster

Introductory Remarks (pdf)
Braxton and Diedrich

Bahia and the Academic Tourist (pdf)
Robert Hinton
New York University

“When We With Magic Rites the White Man’s Doom Prepare:” Representations of Black Resistance in British Abolitionist Writing (pdf)
Kirten Raupach
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster

“Mask in Motion”: Dialect Spaces and Class Rhetoric in Frederick Douglass’ Transatlantic Rhetoric (pdf)
Fionnghuala Sweeney
University of Liverpool

“From the nature of things.” The Influence of Racial, Class and Gender Proscription on the Collective Memory of Harriet Tubman
Kate Clifford Larson
University of New Hampshire

“John S. Jacobs’ ‘True Tale of Slavery’ and Harriet Jacobs’ The Deeper Wrong: A Brother’s Story
Jean F. Yellin
Pace University

“When Bridget or Dinah takes to writing books instead:” Reactions to Elizabeth Keckley’s Behind the Scenes
Jennifer Fleischner
Adelphi University

“Melville’s Black Jack: Billy Budd and the Politics of Race in 19th Century American Life”
Klaus Benesch
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster

African Muslims in Bondage: Realities, Memories, and Legacies (pdf)
New York University
Sylviane Diouf Kamara

History, Memory, and Politics Written in Stone: Monuments of the Black Atlantic: African-American Grave Inscriptions (pdf)
Angelika Krüger-Kahloula
The German School, Rockville

“Remembering the Past, Inventing the Future: Black Family and Community in Nineteenth Century New York City”
Carla L. Petersen
University of Maryland

Self-Evident Truths: Love, Complicity, and Critique in Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Sally Hemings and The President’s Daughter (pdf)
Cherise A. Pollard
West Chester University

African Americana: Memorial and Vernacular Appropriations of U.S. Iconography on Senegal’s Slave Coast
David G. Nicholls
Modern Language Association, New York

Contributor’s Notes