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Strange New Land
Africans in Colonial America
by Peter H. Wood
- Release date: January 2, 2003
- Genres: history, politics
- Language: english
- Author: Peter H. Wood
- ISBN: 9788176494335 (817649433X)
- Format: paperback, 136 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
About The Book
Engaging and accessibly written, Strange New Land explores the history of slavery and the struggle for freedom before the United States became a nation. Beginning with the colonization of North America, Peter Wood documents the transformation of slavery from a brutal form of indentured servitude to a full-blown system of racial domination. Strange New Land focuses on how Africans survived this brutal process — and ultimately shaped the contours of American racial slavery through numerous means, including:
— Mastering English and making it their own
— Converting to Christianity and transforming the religion
— Holding fast to Islam or combining their spiritual beliefs with the faith of their masters
— Recalling skills and beliefs, dances and stories from the Old World, which provided a key element in their triumphant story of survival
— Listening to talk of liberty and freedom, of the rights of man and embracing it as a fundamental right — even petitioning colonial administrators and insisting on that right.
Against the troubling backdrop of American slavery, Strange New Land surveys black social and cultural life, superbly illustrating how such a diverse group of people from the shores of West and Central Africa became a community in North America.
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