Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route Author Saidiya Hartman
ISBN-10 0374531153
ISBN-13 9780374531157
Year 2008-01-22
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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In Lose Your Mother Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history The slave Hartman observes is a strangertorn from family home and country To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin to forget your past and to inhabit the world as an outsider There are no known survivors of Hartman s lineage no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find She is a stranger in search of strangers and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and with figures from the past whose lives were shattered and transformed by the slave trade Written in prose that is fresh insightful and deeply affecting Lose Your Mother is a landmark text Robin D G Kelley author of Freedom Dreams

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