A Desolate Place for a Defiant People

A Desolate Place for a Defiant People
Author: Daniel O. Sayers
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 9780813061924
ISBN 13: 081306192X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Desolate Place for a Defiant People Book Review:

Sayers examines the Great Dismal Swamp's archaeological record from ca. 1600 until the time of the Civil War, exposing and unraveling the complex social and economic systems developed by the thousands of Indigenous Americans, Africa American maroons, free African Americans, enslaved company workers, and outcast Europeans who made the Swamp their home.

Slavery s Exiles

Slavery s Exiles
Author: Sylviane A. Diouf
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 403
Release: 2016-03-01
ISBN 10: 0814760287
ISBN 13: 9780814760284
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slavery s Exiles Book Review:

Over more than two centuries men, women, and children escaped from slavery to make the Southern wilderness their home. They hid in the mountains of Virginia and the low swamps of South Carolina; they stayed in the neighborhood or paddled their way to secluded places; they buried themselves underground or built comfortable settlements. Known as maroons, they lived on their own or set up communities in swamps or other areas where they were not likely to be discovered. Although well-known, feared, celebrated or demonized at the time, the maroons whose stories are the subject of this book have been forgotten, overlooked by academic research that has focused on the Caribbean and Latin America. Who the American maroons were, what led them to choose this way of life over alternatives, what forms of marronage they created, what their individual and collective lives were like, how they organized themselves to survive, and how their particular story fits into the larger narrative of slave resistance are questions that this book seeks to answer. To survive, the American maroons reinvented themselves, defied slave society, enforced their own definition of freedom and dared create their own alternative to what the country had delineated as being black men and women’s proper place. Audacious, self-confident, autonomous, sometimes self-sufficient, always self-governing; their very existence was a repudiation of the basic tenets of slavery.

Maroon Arts

Maroon Arts
Author: Sally Price,Richard Price
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 369
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9780807085516
ISBN 13: 0807085510
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Maroon Arts Book Review:

Cultural Vitality in the African Diaspora Lavishly illustrated with more than 350 images, this groundbreaking new book traces traditions in woodcarving, textiles, clothing, and jewelry created by the Maroon people of Suriname and French Guiana.

Karl Marx Anthropologist

Karl Marx  Anthropologist
Author: Thomas C. Patterson
Publsiher: Berg
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2009-05-15
ISBN 10: 1845205111
ISBN 13: 9781845205119
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Karl Marx Anthropologist Book Review:

Explores how this most influential of modern thinkers is still highly relevant to anthropology today.

Archaeologists as Activists

Archaeologists as Activists
Author: M. Jay Stottman
Publsiher: University of Alabama Press
Total Pages: 207
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 0817356223
ISBN 13: 9780817356224
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Archaeologists as Activists Book Review:

A series of essays examines the ways in which archaeologists can and do use their research into the distant past to help solve the problems of today and beyond. Simultaneous.

Flight to Freedom

Flight to Freedom
Author: Alvin O. Thompson
Publsiher: University of the West Indies Press
Total Pages: 381
Release: 2006
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39076002730153
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Flight to Freedom Book Review:

This book is about the struggles of enslaved Africans in the Americas who achieved freedom through flight and the establishment of Maroon communities in the face of overwhelming military odds on the part of the slaveholders.

Maroon Societies

Maroon Societies
Author: Richard X. Price
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1983-07
ISBN 10: 9780844650753
ISBN 13: 0844650757
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Maroon Societies Book Review:

"Price breaks new ground in the study of slave resistance in his 'hemispheric' view of Maroon societies." -- Journal of Ethnic Studies

The Great Dismal

The Great Dismal
Author: Bland Simpson
Publsiher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2000-11-09
ISBN 10: 0807867063
ISBN 13: 9780807867068
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Dismal Book Review:

Just below the Tidewater area of Virginia, straddling the North Carolina-Virginia line, lies the Great Dismal Swamp, one of America's most mysterious wilderness areas. The swamp has long drawn adventurers, runaways, and romantics, and while many have tried to conquer it, none has succeeded. In this engaging memoir, Bland Simpson, who grew up near the swamp in North Carolina, blends personal experience, travel narrative, oral history, and natural history to create an intriguing portrait of the Great Dismal Swamp and its people. For this edition, he has added an epilogue discussing developments in the region since 1990.

Glory Over Everything

Glory Over Everything
Author: Kathleen Grissom
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 1476748446
ISBN 13: 9781476748443
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Glory Over Everything Book Review:

Continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of a slave and the master of Tall Oaks plantation, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

City of Refuge

City of Refuge
Author: Marcus P. Nevius
Publsiher: University of Georgia Press
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 0820356425
ISBN 13: 9780820356426
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

City of Refuge Book Review:

City of Refuge is a story of petit marronage, an informal slave's economy, and the construction of internal improvements in the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina. The vast wetland was tough terrain that most white Virginians and North Carolinians considered uninhabitable. Perceived desolation notwithstanding, black slaves fled into the swamp's remote sectors and engaged in petit marronage, a type of escape and fugitivity prevalent throughout the Atlantic world. An alternative to the dangers of flight by way of the Underground Railroad, maroon communities often neighbored slave-labor camps, the latter located on the swamp's periphery and operated by the Dismal Swamp Land Company and other companies that employed slave labor to facilitate the extraction of the Dismal's natural resources. Often with the tacit acceptance of white company agents, company slaves engaged in various exchanges of goods and provisions with maroons--networks that padded company accounts even as they helped to sustain maroon colonies and communities. In his examination of life, commerce, and social activity in the Great Dismal Swamp, Marcus P. Nevius engages the historiographies of slave resistance and abolitionism in the early American republic. City of Refuge uses a wide variety of primary sources--including runaway advertisements; planters' and merchants' records, inventories, letterbooks, and correspondence; abolitionist pamphlets and broadsides; county free black registries; and the records and inventories of private companies--to examine how American maroons, enslaved canal laborers, white company agents, and commission merchants shaped, and were shaped by, race and slavery in an important region in the history of the late Atlantic world.

Let Our Fame Be Great

Let Our Fame Be Great
Author: Oliver Bullough
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2010-03-04
ISBN 10: 0141956224
ISBN 13: 9780141956220
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Let Our Fame Be Great Book Review:

Two centuries ago, the Russians pushed out of the cold north towards the Caucasus Mountains, the range that blocked their access to Georgia, Turkey, Persia and India. They were forging their colonial destiny, and the mountains were in their way. The Caucasus had to be conquered and, for the highlanders who lived there, life would never be the same again. If the Russians expected it to be an easy fight, however, they were mistaken. Their armies would go on to defeat Napoleon and Hitler, as well as lesser foes, but no one resisted them for as long as these supposed savages. To hear the stories of the conquest, I travelled far from the mountains. I wandered through the steppes of Central Asia and the cities of Turkey. I squatted outside internment camps in Poland, and drank tea beneath the gentle hills of Israel. The stories I heard amplified the outrages I saw in the mountains themselves. As I set out, in my mind was a Chechen woman I had met in a refugee camp. She lived in a ragged, khaki tent in a field of mud and stones, but she welcomed me with laughter and kindness. Like the mountains of her homeland, her spirit had soared upwards, gleaming and pure. Throughout my travels, I met the same generosity from all the Caucasus peoples. Their stories have not been told, and there fame is not great, but truly it deserves to be.

The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company

The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company
Author: Charles Royster
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2010-12-08
ISBN 10: 0307773299
ISBN 13: 9780307773296
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company Book Review:

From historian Charles Royster--winner of the Francis Parkman, Bancroft, and Lincoln prizes--comes the history of one of eighteenth-century America's most fantastic land speculation deals: William Byrd's scheme to develop 900 square miles of swamp on the Virginia-North Carolina border and create fabulous wealth for himself and other shareholders, including George Washington. Royster scrupulously follows the paper trail through the byways of transatlantic deal-cutting, providing a rare view of early American economic culture. Elegantly written and impressively researched, The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company is an eye-opening account of greed, folly, and venture capitalism in the revolutionary era.

Maroons and the Marooned

Maroons and the Marooned
Author: Richard Bodek,Joseph Kelly
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2020-05-15
ISBN 10: 1496827236
ISBN 13: 9781496827234
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Maroons and the Marooned Book Review:

Contributions by Richard Bodek, Claire P. Curtis, Joseph Kelly, Simon Lewis, Steve Mentz, J. Brent Morris, Peter Sands, Edward Shore, and James O'Neil Spady Commonly, the word maroon refers to someone cast away on an island. One becomes marooned, usually, through a storm at sea or by a captain as a method of punishment. But the term originally denoted escaped slaves. Though being marooned came to be associated mostly with white European castaways, the etymology invites comparison between true maroons (escaped slaves establishing new lives in the wilderness) and people who were marooned (through maritime disaster). This volume brings together literary scholars with historians, encompassing both literal maroons such as in Brazil and South Carolina as well as metaphoric scenarios in time-travel novels and postapocalyptic narratives. Included are examples from The Tempest; Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; and Octavia Butler’s Kindred. Both runaways and castaways formed new societies in the wilderness. But true maroons, escaped slaves, were not cast away; they chose to fly towards the uncertainties of the wild in pursuit of freedom. In effect, this volume gives these maroons proper credit, at the very heart of American history.

The Sirens of Mars

The Sirens of Mars
Author: Sarah Stewart Johnson
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-07-07
ISBN 10: 1101904828
ISBN 13: 9781101904824
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sirens of Mars Book Review:

“Sarah Stewart Johnson interweaves her own coming-of-age story as a planetary scientist with a vivid history of the exploration of Mars in this celebration of human curiosity, passion, and perseverance.”—Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Times (UK) • Library Journal “Lovely . . . Johnson’s prose swirls with lyrical wonder, as varied and multihued as the apricot deserts, butterscotch skies and blue sunsets of Mars.”—Anthony Doerr, The New York Times Book Review Mars was once similar to Earth, but today there are no rivers, no lakes, no oceans. Coated in red dust, the terrain is bewilderingly empty. And yet multiple spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium, and Mare Sirenum—on the brink, perhaps, of a staggering find, one that would inspire humankind as much as any discovery in the history of modern science. In this beautifully observed, deeply personal book, Georgetown scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson tells the story of how she and other researchers have scoured Mars for signs of life, transforming the planet from a distant point of light into a world of its own. Johnson’s fascination with Mars began as a child in Kentucky, turning over rocks with her father and looking at planets in the night sky. She now conducts fieldwork in some of Earth’s most hostile environments, such as the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and the salt flats of Western Australia, developing methods for detecting life on other worlds. Here, with poetic precision, she interlaces her own personal journey—as a female scientist and a mother—with tales of other seekers, from Percival Lowell, who was convinced that a utopian society existed on Mars, to Audouin Dollfus, who tried to carry out astronomical observations from a stratospheric balloon. In the process, she shows how the story of Mars is also a story about Earth: This other world has been our mirror, our foil, a telltale reflection of our own anxieties and yearnings. Empathetic and evocative, The Sirens of Mars offers an unlikely natural history of a place where no human has ever set foot, while providing a vivid portrait of our quest to defy our isolation in the cosmos.

Everyday Religion

Everyday Religion
Author: Hadley Kruczek-Aaron
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2015-07-28
ISBN 10: 9780813061085
ISBN 13: 0813061083
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Everyday Religion Book Review:

This book will employ historical archaeological evidence to broadly examine the forces that fed the Second Great Awakening and how a range of communities responded to the activist religious fervor of the time.

A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance
Author: Rohinton Mistry
Publsiher: McClelland & Stewart
Total Pages: 382
Release: 2010-10-29
ISBN 10: 1551991381
ISBN 13: 9781551991382
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Fine Balance Book Review:

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry’s stunning internationally acclaimed bestseller, is set in mid-1970s India. It tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a “State of Internal Emergency.” Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances – and their fates – become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen. Mistry’s prose is alive with enduring images and a cast of unforgettable characters. Written with compassion, humour, and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured, and powerful novel written by one of the most gifted writers of our time.

An Archaeology of Structural Violence

An Archaeology of Structural Violence
Author: Michael P. Roller,Paul A. Shackel
Publsiher: Cultural Heritage Studies
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2018
ISBN 10: 9780813056081
ISBN 13: 081305608X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Archaeology of Structural Violence Book Review:

Drawing on material evidence from daily life in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town, this book offers an up-close view of the political economy of the United States over the course of the twentieth century. This community's story illustrates the great ironies of this era, showing how modernist progress and plenty were inseparable from the destructive cycles of capitalism.At the heart of this book is one of the bloodiest yet least-known acts of labor violence in American history, the 1897 Lattimer Massacre, in which 19 striking immigrant mineworkers were killed and 40 more were injured. Michael Roller looks beneath this moment of outright violence at the everyday material and spatial conditions that supported it, pointing to the growth of shanty enclaves on the periphery of the town that reveals the reliance of coal companies on immigrant surplus labor. Roller then documents the changing landscape of the region after the event as the anthracite coal industry declined, as well as community redevelopment efforts in the late twentieth century.This rare sustained geographical focus and long historical view illuminates the rise of soft forms of power and violence over workers, citizens, and consumers between the late 1800s and the present day. Roller expertly blends archaeology, labor history, ethnography, and critical social theory to demonstrate how the archaeology of the recent past can uncover the deep foundations of today's social troubles.A volume in the series Cultural Heritage Studies, edited by Paul A. Shackel

Hidden Americans

Hidden Americans
Author: Hugo Prosper Leaming
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1358
Release: 1979
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:444602437
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice
Author: Ann Leckie
Publsiher: Orbit
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2013-10-01
ISBN 10: 0316246638
ISBN 13: 9780316246637
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ancillary Justice Book Review:

The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. In the Ancillary world: 1. Ancillary Justice2. Ancillary Sword3. Ancillary Mercy

Challenging History

Challenging History
Author: Leah Worthington,Rachel Clare Donaldson,John W. White
Publsiher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2021-07-22
ISBN 10: 1643362011
ISBN 13: 9781643362014
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Challenging History Book Review:

For decades racism and social inequity have stayed at the center of the national conversation in the United States, sustaining the debate around public historic places and monuments and what they represent. These conversations are a reminder of the crucial role that public history professionals play in engaging public audiences on subjects of race and slavery. This "difficult history" has often remained un- or underexplored in our public discourse, hidden from view by the tourism industry, or even by public history professionals themselves, as they created historic sites, museums, and public squares based on white-centric interpretations of history and heritage. Challenging History, through a collection of essays by a diverse group of scholars and practitioners, examines how difficult histories, specifically those of slavery and race in the United States, are being interpreted and inserted at public history sites and in public history work. Several essays explore the successes and challenges of recent projects, while others discuss gaps that public historians can fill at sites where Black history took place but is absent in the interpretation. Through case studies, the contributors reveal the entrenched false narratives that public history workers are countering in established public history spaces and the work they are conducting to reorient our collective understanding of the past. History practitioners help the public better understand the world. Their choices help to shape ideas about heritage and historical remembrances and can reform, even transform, worldviews through more inclusive and ethically narrated histories. Challenging History invites public historians to consider the ethical implications of the narratives they choose to share and makes the case that an inclusive, honest, and complete portrayal of the past has the potential to reshape collective memory and ideas about the meaning of American history and citizenship.