Recent publications

Two members of the Department, Dr. Neil Norman and Dr. Wynone Edwards-Ingram, contributed to this new and surely fascinating study of the material culture of American slavery.

World of a Slave [Two Volumes]
Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States

book coverMartha B. Katz-Hyman and Kym S. Rice, Editors
This two-volume encyclopedia is the first to focus on the material life of slaves.

Enslaved blacks retained some private realm that included toys, musical instruments, clothing, jewelry,
and distinctive hair styles. Many individuals successfully preserved African traditions and beliefs, often adapting them to their new home. It is through such objects and practices that modern readers can gain at least some understanding of the day-to-day lives of these men, women, and children.

Although many encyclopedias discuss slavery, enslaved blacks, and African American life and culture,
none focus on the material world of slaves, such as what they saw; touched; heard; ate, drank, and smoked; wore; worked with and in; used, cultivated, crafted, played, and played with; and slept on. The two-volume World of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States is a landmark work in this important new field of study.

Recognizing that a full understanding of the complexity of American slavery and its legacy requires an understanding of the material culture of slavery, the encyclopedia includes entries on almost every
aspect of that material culture, beginning in the 17th century and extending through the Civil War.
Readers will find information on animals, documents, economy, education and literacy, food and
drink, home, music, personal items, places, religion, rites of passage, slavery, structures, and work.
There are also introductory essays on literacy and oral culture and on music and dance.

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Dr. Richard Price, prolific faculty author, presents another installment of his long-standing work with the Saramakas of Surinam.

Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial

(University of Pennsylvania Press)
by Richard Price
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Rainforest Warriors is a historical and ethnographic account of a people, their threatened rainforest, and their successful attempt to harness international human rights law in their fight to protect their way of life—part of a larger story of tribal and indigenous peoples that is unfolding all over the globe.  Anthropologist Richard Price, who has worked with Saramakas for more than forty years and who participated actively in their struggle, tells the gripping story of how Saramakas used international human rights law to win control of their own piece of the Amazonian forest and guarantee their cultural survival.

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For a video clip about the Saramakas’ victory before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (click here)