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Title:Reimagining the African-Atlantic archive: method, concept, epistemology, ontology
Author:Sweet, James H.ISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:55
Issue:2
Pages:147-159
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
America
Subjects:slave trade
diasporas
historiography
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853714000061
Abstract:For many scholars, the history of Africans in the Atlantic world only becomes visible at the juncture of the history of 'the slave'. However, the sources upon which most of these studies are based, and the organization of the colonial archive more generally operate as something of a trap, inviting researchers to see how African slaves embraced or manipulated colonial institutions and ideas for their own purposes. This article focuses on methodological and conceptual meta questions that challenge how historians conduct African-Atlantic history, arguing that sources of the African past exist in the Americas, if only we are open to seeing them. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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