Like snapshots of everyday life in the past, the compelling biographies in this book document the making of the Black Atlantic world since the sixteenth century from the point of view of those who were part of it. Centering on the diaspora caused by the forced migration of Africans to Europe and across the Atlantic to the Americas, the chapters explore the slave trade, enslavement, resistance, adaptation, cultural transformations, and the quest for citizenship rights. Drawing on a rich array of little-known documents, the contributors reconstruct the lives and times of some well-known characters along with ordinary people who rarely left written records and would otherwise have remained anonymous and unknown.
Beatriz G. Mamigonian is professor of history at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil. Karen Racine is associate professor of Latin American history at the University of Guelph, Canada.
Introduction: People in the Making of the Black Atlantic Chapter 1: Alonso de Illescas (1530s-1580s): African, Ladino, and Maroon Leader in Colonial Ecuador Chapter 2: Gregoria Lopez (1680s): A Mexican Mulata Defends Her Honor Chapter 3: Philip Quaque (1741-1816): African Anglican Missionary on the Gold Coast Chapter 4: Harry Washington (1760s-1790s): A Founding Father's Slave Chapter 5: Rufino Jose Maria (1820s-1850s): A Muslim in the Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Slave Trade Circuit Chapter 6: Buenaventura Lucumi (1820s-1872): African Slave, Head of a Household, and Lottery Winner in Cuba Chapter 7: Blaise Diagne (1872-1934): Senegal's Deputy to the French National Assembly Chapter 8: Phyllis Ann Edmeade (1920s): Caribbean Migrant Worker Deported from the United States Chapter 9: C. L. R. James (1901-1989): The Black Jacobin Chapter 10: Robert Robinson (1930s): Celebrity Worker in the USSR Chapter 11: Vicente Ferreira Pastinha (1889-1981): The "Angolan" Tradition of Capoeira Chapter 12: Malcolm X (1925-1965): A Pan-African Revolutionary Chapter 13: Romare Bearden (1911-1988): Artist, Intellectual, Activist Suggested Readings by Topic Selected Filmography on the Black Atlantic