"These ten excellent essays on the Gullah-Geechee people in the Georgia lowcountry enrich and complicate our understanding of the entire subject of American slavery and its legacies."
—David Brion Davis, author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World
"This splendid collection illuminates an aspect of African American culture that has been neglected in the past."
“The ten essays collected in this volume are wide ranging both chronologically (from the eighteenth-century to the modern day) and methodologically, encompassing the disciplines of history, literature, and cultural studies. Together they provide a detailed and interesting insight into the worlds created by Africans in the lowcountry . . . This volume is to be welcomed and hopefully it will stimulate others to continue the work on this small part of Africa in America.”
—American Historical Review
"Morgan does a superb job of linking Georgia to a larger Atlantic world. . . .[and t]he contributors indeed are successful in offering a sustained, thoughtful balance of the history, culture, and people of this region."
—Daina Ramey Berry, Journal of Southern History
"Each essay in this collection exhibits a deep understanding of low country African American studies. . . .[T]he volume deserves to reach a diverse readership of students, scholars, and laypeople."
—Hayden R. Smith, The South Carolina Historical Magazine
"Through a valuable assortment of methodological approaches and scholarly perspectives, African American Life in the Georgia Lowcountry demystifies aspects of African American life in this region."
—Brandon Byrd, Journal of African American History
The essays, which cover a period from the founding of the Georgia colony in the early 1700s until the early 1900s, explore a range of topics, all within the larger context of the Atlantic world. Included are essays on the double-edged freedom that the American Revolution made possible to black women, the Lowcountry as site of the largest gathering of African Muslims in early North America, and the coexisting worlds of Christianity and Conjuring in coastal Georgia and the links (with variations) to African practices.
A number of fascinating, memorable characters emerge, among them the defiant Mustapha Shaw, who felt entitled to land on Ossabaw Island and resisted its seizure by whites only to become embroiled in struggles with other blacks; Betty, the slave woman who, in the spirit of the American Revolution, presented a “list of grievances” to her master; and S’Quash, the Arabic-speaking Muslim who arrived on one of the last legal transatlantic slavers and became a head man on a North Carolina plantation.
Read more about Geechee and Gullah culture at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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