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Slavery and African Ethnicities in the Americas: Restoring the Links

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall


Enslaved peoples were brought to the Americas from many places in Africa, but a large majority came from relatively few ethnic groups. Drawing on a wide range of materials in four languages as well as on her lifetime study of slave groups in the New World, the author of this book explores the persistence of African ethnic identities among the enslaved over four hundred years of the Atlantic slave trade. She traces the linguistic, economic, and cultural ties shared by large numbers of enslaved Africans, showing that despite the fragmentation of the diaspora, many ethnic groups retained enough c ... More

Keywords: Americas, Africa, ethnic groups, New World, ethnic identities, slave trade, cultural ties, shared identity, resistance movements, creole cultures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780807829738
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807876862_hall


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, author