Carter G. Woodson Book UK The African Background Outlined 9781574781328
Carter G. Woodson The African Background Outlined £ 36.99
Woodson wrote this text to educate teachers and the general public about Africa. Carter G. Woodson was an African American writer and historian known as the 'Father of Black History.' He penned the influential book 'The Mis-Education of the Negro. Part I of the book presents a brief summary of Africa’s past, including chapters on "The Negro in Africa," "The Negro in the European Mind," "The Negro in America," "The Negro in Literature," "The Negro in Art," "The Education of the Negro," "The Religious Development of the Negro," and "Economic Imperialism." Published April 28th 1969. 490 pages.
Yosef ben-Jochannan Book UK The Black Mans North And East Africa 978-1574780321
Yosef ben-Jochannan The Black Mans North And East Africa £ 21.99
Few of Dr. Ben's books are written with co-authors. The Black Man's North and East Africa is an exception. Written with one of his early colleagues, George E. Simmonds. This work attacks the racist manipulation of African and Black history by 'educators' and 'authorities on Africa'. Defenders of the Africans' right to tell their own story. the authors insist that Black people must take responsibility for their own history, "Until African (Black) people are willing, and do write their own experience, past, and present, we will continue being slaves, mentally, physically, and spiritually, to Caucasian and Semitic racism and religious bigotry."1971*,2005. 96 pp. illus.
Chinweizu Book UK Decolonising The African Mind 9789782651020
Chinweizu Decolonising The African Mind from £ 44.99
Sheds light on the continual exploitation of Africa by the West In this sequel to The West And The Rest Of Us, Chinweizu questions the colonial mentality, in its various manifestations, and how it has continually obstructed African economic development and cultural renaissance since political decolonization was achieved. And while it is generally known about the deleterious effects of European colonialism on African development, in Decolonising the African Mind, Chinweizu uncompromisingly reveals the same deleterious effects Arab colonialism has had on African development, in contrast to the generally held notion that domination of Africans by Arabs was some type of benign conquest in comparison to the white man. Chinweizu accurately stuns the reader that Europeans and Arabs have historical had their own political designs on the African continent, which was not for the benefit of African people. What becomes clear while reading this book, is that no matter what propaganda tries to suggest, Africa is not an overseas cash cow or provenience for Europeans or Arabs. Africans around the world must maintain the unapologetically and uncompromisingly claim their African identity, as opposed to being lost in some ‚Äúmulticultural‚ÄĚ melting pot, with¬†identities like ‚Äúperson of colour‚ÄĚ. Which is ironic, as¬†majority of the world has colour, the only people without colour is Europeans, by understanding the invasion of Africa by Arabs, Africans can understand that liberation will not come by negating one‚Äôs African identity into the fraternity of ‚Äúpeople of colour‚ÄĚ. Then central objective in decolonising the African mind is to overthrow the authority which alien and detrimental traditions exercise over the African. This demands the dismantling of white supremacist beliefs, and the structures which uphold them, in every area of African life.¬†One should certainly use items from other traditions provided they are consistent with African cultural independence and serve African objectives; but one should neither ape nor revere them, let alone sacrifice African interest to them. Review - "Sheds light on the continual exploitation of Africa by the West wherein the so-called development of Africa is actually a debt trap from which developed nations benefit.¬† Much food for thought here. The author moves beyond the "blame game" and explores solutions. I was also struck by the honesty and fairness when it came to measuring the scale and impact of outside influences on African society, culture, art and literature". Published 1st January 1987. 294 pages.
Sabine Jell-Bahlsen Book UK The Water Goddess in Igbo Cosmology 9781592214839
Sabine Jell-Bahlsen The Water Goddess in Igbo Cosmology £ 28.99
A study of the Igbo people's belief in a water Goddess that resides in Lake Oguta in south- eastern Nigeria. Bahlsen looks at the rituals, beliefs and social organisation associated with it. ‚ÄúThis evocative study of a water Goddess among the Igbo of Lake Oguta in southeastern Nigeria, thoroughly explores the rituals, beliefs and social organization associated with rituals of women's power. A form of Mammy Wata found through coastal Western Africa ‚Ķ the analysis of this powerful Goddess, based on many years of research, is a notable contribution to African female ritual studies, long neglected by scholars." --Dr. Simon Ottenberg, University of Washington, Seattle ‚ÄúTo the best of my knowledge, this is the most informative study yet on the Water Goddess in Igbo cosmology, and it seems poised to remain for a long time, the most authoritative work on the subject.‚ÄĚ --Dr. Ernest N. Emenyonu, University of Michigan, Flint ‚ÄúProduced with the cultural sensitivity and thoroughness of a seasoned ethnographer and an accomplished filmmaker, this long-awaited interdisciplinary work is a study of confluences on a grand scale. Ogbuide (the Lake Goddess) holds sway in an environment where the force and flexibility of water determines commerce, artistic expression, gender relations, and communal life. Located at the confluence of the rivers Nigerand Urashi, Ogbuide (Oguta Lake) stands as a metaphor for where worlds meet;revealing the intertwining of numerous registers‚ÄĒmyths, symbols, aesthetics, customs, medicine, spirituality, religion, history/histories, literature, and ecology.‚ÄĚ --Obioma Nnaemeka, Indiana University, Indianapolis ‚ÄúThis brilliantly researched and documented book is a must read for all serious scholars and researchers of Africa and its various cultures, religious beliefs and practices especially the adoratory worship of the Water Goddess in the Oguta riverine areas of southeastern Nigeria.‚ÄĚ --Dr. Michael C. Mbabuike, Hostos Community College of the City University of New York ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sabine Jell Bahlsen holds an MA in ethnology from the Free University in Berlin/Germany and a PhD in anthropology from the New School University in New York. She edits the journal Dialectical Anthropology and is the director of Ogbuide Films. Her published articles appear in many publications.
Simon Ottenberg & Toyin Falola Book UK Igbo Religion & Social Life 9781592214440
Simon Ottenberg & Toyin Falola Igbo Religion & Social Life £ 36.99
In this volume Emeritus Professor Simon Ottenberg presents a number of detailed essays on the religious life of the Igbo people in southeastern Nigeria and on the Limba of northern Sierra Leone, based on extensive anthropological field research over many years. Ottenberg stresses the important of looking at African religious life in terms of ritual activity and change over time. There are also chapters on the growth of Abakaliki, an Igbo town, and essays reflecting on the author's field experiences in Africa over time. The volume concludes with two general papers. "This two-volume collection of essays is a significant milestone in the discourse of African Studies and an insightful summation of the career of a distinguished scholar of African anthropology and art history. The books testify to the originality of Ottenberg's insights and chronicle his transformation from a young anthropologist observer to a valued member of the Afikpo-Igbo society." -Sylvester Okwunodu OgbechieArt Historian, University of California, Santa Barbara "This book presents us with an invaluable snapshot of the emergence of a uniquely innovative approach to the study of African cultures, peoples, and histories, an approach which privileges the sensibilities, priorities, and changing social dynamics of the African people without casting their universe in the language of insular exceptionalism." -Ebe M. OchonuVanderbilt University ABOUT THE EDITOR TOYIN FALOLA initiated this series, and has edited previous books on the essays of Ade Ajayi, Bethwell Ogot, Richard Sklar, Adiele Afigbo, and Adu Boahen. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. His career has been the subject of three festscriften published by Africa World Press.
Amos N. Wilson Book UK Black-on-Black Violence
Amos N. Wilson Black-on-Black Violence £ 29.99
The Psychodynamics Of Black Self-Annihilation On Service Of White Domination Black-on-Black Violence: The Psychodynamics of Black Self-Annihilation in the Service of White Domination represents a distinct milestone in criminology and Afrikan Studies. Its explanatory viewpoints on the sociopsychological and politicoeconomic causes of Black-on-Black Violence are exceptionally insightful, incisive and iconoclastic. The psychodynamics of the Black-on-Black criminal are presented here with a depth and clarity rarely seen before. The main body of this book is that the operational existence of Black-on-Black violence in the United States is psychologically and economically mandated by the White American-dominated status quo. The criminalisation of the Afrikan male in America is a psychopolitically engineered process designed to maintain the dependency and relative powerlessness of Afrikan communities. Black-on-Black Violence, however, moves far beyond blaming the victimiser. Its meticulous and painstaking exposure of the psychosocial and intrapsychical dynamics of Black-on-Black criminality is startlingly revealing. Its analyses of the collective psyches of both the White American and Afrikan communities are unsparingly and powerfully instructive. The book, in revealing the anatomy of Black-on-Black violence, simultaneously lays the practical, intellectual and political foundations for its social eradication. Review - "This has to be one of the most powerful books I've read in a long time. Dr. Amos Wilson is a genius when it comes to the Psychodynamics of racism, hate, and love. I truly appreciate his work and passion to uplift the black community. Someone had too! My consciousnesses has risen 10,000 degrees!" Published November 1st 1991. 204 pages.
Amon Saba Saakana Book UK Colonisation And The Destruction Of The Mind 9780907015567
Amon Saba Saakana Colonialism And The Destruction Of The Mind £ 14.99
The Colonial Legacy In Caribbean Literature In an attempt to understand the fiction of Roy Heath in relation to the political and social history of the Caribbean, the author has utilized a number of disciplines: anthropology, folklore, mythology, feminist criticism and psychoanalysis to probe the characters and the situations in the novelist's work. In looking at Heath's characters, the author unearths the areas of colonization which have affected most sectors of the population but most tellingly in relation to the Guyanese middle class. The symptoms which underpinned middle class Guyanese life are to be found in 19th century Victorianism in which Christian idealism and virtue are contrasted with the practice of deceit, perfidy, stinginess, mental brutality and sexual repression which are released in social deviancy. Saakana establishes an intellectual context in which Roy Heath's fiction takes place and a paradigm, hitherto unknown, in which the understanding of Caribbean literature should be seen. The focus is in the use of Fanonian models of colonization, dependency and social catharsis or reproduction in the lives of the middle class.
Mustafa El-Amin Book UK Freemasonry: Ancient Egypt and the Islamic Destiny 9780933821132
Mustafa El-Amin Freemasonry: Ancient Egypt and the Islamic Destiny £ 9.99
Mustafa El-Amin, author of bestseller Al-Islam, Christianity, and Freemasonry, now examines what it is about Freemasonry that made most of the founding fathers of America feel the need to embrace it; why is it that so many people of influence (members of Congress, the Supreme Court, judges, politicians)--past and present--have joined and studied the teachings of Freemasonry. Mustafa El-Amin was born in Newark, N.J. in 1957. He was introduced to, and accepted the teachings of the Nation of Islam, under the leadership of the Hon. Elijahh Muhammad, in 1972. Upon the death of Hon. Elijah Muhammad in 1975, Mustafa made a smooth transition of accepting the leadership of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, and the pure teachings of Al-Islam based upon the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah.
Anthony T. Browder Book UK Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization Study Guide 9780924944055
Anthony T. Browder Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization Study... £ 14.99
Accompanying Work Book! Tony Browder's book, Nile Valley Contributions To Civilization, is about correcting some of these misconceptions so the reader, in fact, can be introduced to a Nile Valley Civilizations in order to understand its role as the parent of future civilizations.
Assata Shakur Book UK Assata: An Autobiography 9781556520747
Assata Shakur Assata: An Autobiography £ 13.99
On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder. This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou. Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.
Godfrey Higgins Book UK Anacalypsis: The Saitic Isis 9781881316183
Godfrey Higgins Anacalypsis: The Saitic Isis £ 65.99
Languages Nations and Religions Volume 1 & 2 The treasure of knowledge acquired through the study of languages is to unlock the gifts of antiquity. This book is an attempt to draw aside the veil of the "saitic isis" or an inquiry into the origin of languages, nations and religions.
Oba T'Shaka Book UK The Art Of Leadership 9781878557032
Oba T'Shaka The Art Of Leadership £ 44.99
The Art of Leadership Vol. 1 is a book that total pages and are the only two books in the world that examine African and African American leadership and organizing philosophies, traditions, systems and strategies. These two volumes include defining what a leader is in the context of African and African American history and philosophy. The state of African American communities is defined, and how to organize a group is explained. Group dynamics including the role of cliques in organizations is explored to show how to manage cliques in a positive way. These books analyze how to organize an independent Black School, and how to set up a business or other economic programs. An examination is made of the CounterIntelligence Program (COINTELPRO), and the newest programs of disruption called Low Intensity Operations. A very important chapter explores how to free the mind, a subject that most organizers ignore to their detriment. How to establish relationships with Black churches is explored, and strategies for building alliances and coalitions are also examined. These books are used as textbooks in Black Studies Department, seminary programs, and rites of passage programs, mentoring programs, Black Student Unions and for community organizations etc.
Yosef ben-Jochannan Book UK Cultural Genocide in the Black and African Studies Curriculum 978-1574780222
Yosef ben-Jochannan Cultural Genocide in the Black and African Stud... £ 11.99
Greatness From Dr. Ben! The 1970s's saw the rise and emergence of the much needed Black and African Studies programs, the question of who has the right and responsibility to determine course content and curriculum also emerged. And rightly so. Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan, referred to by his admirers as "Dr. Ben", was an African American writer and historian. In 1972, Dr. Ben wrote an analysis and assessment, which he published as Cultural Genocide in The Black and African Studies Curriculum. It has been republished several times since then and its topic has remained timely and unresolved. Review - "It is an honor and a privilege to read the material of one of the Masters, Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan. This book tells it like it was and like it is. I like Dr. Ben's clever and unapologetic writing style as well as the way he backs up his statements with quotes and references". Published 1972, 2004. 150 pages.
John Henrik Clarke Book UK African People in World History 978-0933121775
John Henrik Clarke African People in World History £ 17.99
This book surveys the impact that African people have made on world history. Dr. John Henrik Clarke guides the reader along a narrative journey that spans from antiquity through present times.  Dr. Clarke provides a condenced introductory overview of the last 8,000 years of African history. Suitable for any lover of history, Africa or anyone looking to begin to undo the trauma of colonization and western academia. Published 1993. 112 pages
David Imhotep Ph.D Book UK The First Americans Were Africans 978-1737074519
David Imhotep Ph.D The First Americans Were Africans £ 43.99
Expanded and Revised (Color Edition)  Written by a brilliant African American scholar, David Imhotep, who holds a Ph.D. Of course, Dr. Imhotep is not the first person to draw attention to the African presence in the Americas before Columbus. Dr. Imhotep’s thesis is by far the most revolutionary viewpoint ever published on this subject. After colossal Negroid stone heads were first excavated in Mexico in the 1860s, several Latin American scholars began to speculate that Africans had sailed to the New World in ancient times. Unlike his predecessors he does not claim that Africans simply sailed to the Americas before Columbus and influenced the native Americans who resided in the New World. He states, instead, that the Native Americans themselves were Black Africans who first reached the New World at least 130,000 years ago. Citing skulls and skeletons, footprints in lava, campsites, genetic markers, linguistics, paintings, carvings, architecture and Egyptian writing, artifacts and structures.
Amy Jacques Garvey Book UK Garvey & Garveyism 978-1574781168
Amy Jacques Garvey Garvey & Garveyism £ 19.99
Like all great dreamers and planners, Marcus Garvey dreamed and planned ahead of his time and his peoples' ability to understand the significance of his life's work. A set of circumstances, mostly created by the world colonial powers, crushed this dreamer, but not his dreams. Due to persistence and years of sacrifice of Mrs. Amy Jacques Garvey, widow of Marcus Garvey, a large body of work by and about this great nationalist leader has been preserved and can be made available to a new generation of black people who have the power to turn his dreams into realities. From the introduction by John Henrik Clarke. Amy Euphemia Jacques Garvey was the Jamaican born second wife of Marcus Garvey, and a journalist and activist in her own right. She was one of the pioneering Black women journalists and publishers of the 20th century. Amy Jacques Garvey's perspective continues to provide an intimate and first-person narrative of the Garvey movement and this important period of Black Nationalism. Review - "This personal account of the life and times of the late Marcus Garvey is written by the woman who knew his convictions and the resistance he faced best of all; his wife A. Jacques Garvey. If you are not familiar with the Black Star Liner and the 'Back to Africa Movement' this is a must read. Most of the content comes from writings of Garvey himself".  Published January 1st 1978. 364 pages.
Amos N. Wilson Book UK The Psychology Of Self-Hatred And Self-Defeat 9781879164154
Amos N. Wilson The Psychology Of Self-Hatred And Self-Defeat £ 29.99
Towards A Reclamation Of The Afrikan Mind Today's problems of self-hatred has very deep historical roots going way back into colonial history of the 15th Century and beyond. Amos Wilson breakdowns its origins as it evolved from biblical times with curse of Ham in the Old Testament up through the Middle Ages, enslavement, Jim Crow sadism and up to the present time. This journey has had long lasting impact on the creating, shaping and defining of the African American personality in particular, and the African personality worldwide. This text sets about exploring this development in its many aspects and attempts a reclamation of the African mind. Herein Amos Wilson attempts with surgical precision a remediation of this psycho-historical malady". Review - "Amos Wilson, is misrepresented as merely a Psychologist or even a social activist. Wilson is right up there with Frantz Fanon. Most black authors today are merely historians who write material that has emotive value, but little else. Wilson's work is of such importance and scholarship that it is the litmus test for any black man or woman with a genuine interest in how we became what we are today- both individually and collectively. In addition to pointing to how we got to where we are, Wilson does what so many black so-called intellectuals are unable to do- clearly layout the road to psychological transformation and renewal. A heart felt thanks to the people who continue to publish his works"! Published January 1st 2003. 305 pages. Published January 1 2020.
Cain Hope Felder Book UK Original African Heritage Study Bible King James Version 978-0817015121
Cain Hope Felder Original African Heritage Study Bible King Jame... £ 49.99
The purpose of The Original African Heritage Study Bible is to interpret the Bible as it relates specifically to persons of African descent and thereby to foster an appreciation of the multiculturalism inherent in the Bible.After selling over a million copies, The Original African Heritage Study Bible went out of print when its publisher closed its doors. Judson Press is pleased to announce it has secured the rights to once again publish this best-selling Bible.The Original African Heritage Study Bible offers many unique features which reveal the African/Edenic contribution to Judaism and Christianity, including: Highlighted verses about Africa and Biblical characters of African descent 48 pages of reference to African/Edenic persons, places and events Art reproductions taken from the Mafa tribe collection of Cameroon, Africa Full-color maps showing where important African/Edenic events and places mentioned in the Bible occurred in the Ancient World 101 favorite Bible verses from people of the African Diaspora Specially selected articles by recognized Biblical scholars, including Biblical Hermeneutics in Africentric Perspective from J. Deotis Roberts book Africentric Christianity Words and music to famous slave songs Readers will also appreciate the large print format, critical introductions to each book of the Bible, and the words of Christ printed in red.
Walter Rodney Book UK How Europe Underdeveloped Africa 9781788731188
Walter Rodney How Europe Underdeveloped Africa £ 21.99
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa is a 1972 book written by Walter Rodney that breaks down how Africa was deliberately exploited and underdeveloped by European colonial regimes. Rodney explains that both power politics and economic exploitation of Africa by Europeans led to the poor state of African political and economic development evident in the late 20th century.  This book is one of the most acclaimed books written in the 20th century about African development and post-colonial theory alongside Frantz Fanon, The Wretched Of The Earth. 416 pages Published 23rd October 2018
Yosef ben-Jochannan Book UK Black Man of the Nile 978-0933121263
Yosef ben-Jochannan Black Man of the Nile £ 27.99
In a masterful and unique manner, Dr. Ben uses Black Man of the Nile to challenge and expose "Europeanised" African history. Black Man of the Nile and His Family, first published in 1972, is Dr. Ben’s best known work. It captures much of the substance of his early research on ancient Africa. In a masterful and unique manner, Dr. Ben uses Black Man of the Nile to challenge and expose the typical African History we are taught today.  Review - "A historical review of the Nile valley civilisation, its roots and its extent. Starting from "pre-history" Ben Joachannan explores the etymology of what later became one of the first outstanding civilisation on earth right up until the total collapse of Egypt after it was taken over by the Romans.Ben Jochannan dispels the mysteries and lies perpetuated by the 19th to 21st-century European scholars through facts and real logical proofs. a brilliant book to be read by all Afrikan people". Published 1972, 1989. 381 pages.
Yosef ben-Jochannan Book UK Africa Mother of Western Civilization 978-0933121256
Yosef ben-Jochannan Africa Mother of Western Civilization £ 34.99
Dr. Ben, also known as Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan. Celebrates Africa Mother in an lecture/essay style format. Dr. Ben identifies and corrects myths about the inferiority and primitiveness of the indigenous African peoples and their descendants. Review "Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan is an incredible scholar. He has done such excellent work in the recovery of Ancient African history. His particular thesis demonstrates that Africa, as the Mother of Civilization, birthed much of the ideology of Western Civilization. Through the Middle Passage, much of the European slave traders denigrated Africans and African history, suggesting that African history contributed nothing to the world. Texts like Dr. Ben's text emphasize the importance and the major contributions that Africans and African history has made to the world, generally, but specifically to the Western Cultural and Western Civilization feature. Before the Romans, Before the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Nubians, the culture of Kemet, existed in Africa, and Dr. Ben artiuclates and demonstrates how these cultures reached a high level of civilization in spite fo the anti-African sentiments that were very prominent in the 19th century. This is a very good book". Published 1971, 1988. 750 pages.
Shahrazad Ali Book UK The Blackwoman's Guide to Understanding the Blackman 9780933405035
Shahrazad Ali The Blackwoman's Guide to Understanding the Bla... from £ 17.99
The Blackwoman's Guide to Understanding the Blackman by Shahrazad Ali.
Na'Im Akbar Book UK Know Thyself 9780935257069
Na'Im Akbar Know Thyself £ 15.99
How wonderful it is to taught by a free teacher, a spiritual teacher, a member of our family who truly loves the family, an architect of transforming processes, a defender of African people, a beacon, a Son of Africa, a divine spirit manifesting our creative genius. Thousands of thousands of people know Dr. Na'im Akbar as a special treasure. This book is another important gift from him to us. It is our responsibility to study these thoughts, carefully. To follow these teachings is to guarantee our liberation and to guide us toward our destiny. From forward by Asa G. Hilliard, III, Calloway Professor of Education at Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Runoko Rashidi Book UK African Star Over Asia 978-0956638090
Runoko Rashidi African Star Over Asia £ 33.99
The Black Presence In The East What is the origin of the many Black populations in Asia? What are their links to Africa in prehistoric times? And in recent times?Has history been distorted by other dominant populations? This is an immense subject which Runoko Rashidi investigates diligently. Rashidi's reputation was initially based on his earlier work on the African presence in Asia. This book incorporates his earlier work as well as more recent researches and insights. It refers to the research of earlier scholars and explores the Black presence in Iraq, Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Japan, China, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. It also covers the 'age of enslavement'. The second part of the book is a more personal record of Rashidi's travels and encounters with black people in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries. It also includes articles on the same subject by other Black scholars and is backed up by copious references and a thorough bibliography. The book has 95 colour and black and white photographs which support the author's arguments. Market: General, Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Student Reading List, Library, Black Interest, Asia Interest.
Karla Gottlieb Book The Mother of Us All:
Karla Gottlieb The Mother of Us All £ 15.99
A History of Queen Nanny, Leader of the Windward Jamaican Maroons "The Mother of Us All" is an analysis of the history of Queen nanny, the great 18th century leader of the Windward of Eastern Jamaican Maroons. The importance of this great leader's struggle against British colonial empire and its institution of slavery on the island of Jamaica has previously been largely ignored. To correct this gap, oral histories, including myths, legends, songs, ceremonies and local language are analyzed, as well as written texts including legal documents, journals of the era, historical land grants and peace treaties, poems, novels, critical texts, historical texts and children's books.The Maroons of Jamaica were ex-slaves who had escaped from slave ships and plantations to form viable communities in remote and inaccessible parts of the country. Queen Nanny, warrior, general, spiritual adviser and, some say, messiah to the Maroons, led her people from their base camp of nanny Town in the rugged Blue Mountains of Eastern Jamaica, to repeated victories against the British at the height of their world domination, particularly from 1724 to 1739. Repeatedly, the Maroons were vastly outgunned and outnumbered, with often 500 half-starving Maroons fighting against 5,000 of the best-provisioned and best-armed soldiers of the British Empire. But warfare was only on of the talents. In the area of supernatural and religious interest, or "Science": to the Maroons, Queen Nanny was known as a great healer and extremely powerful obeah woman (holder of secret sacred African knowledge).The author analyzes the importance of Queen Nanny from cultural, military, historical, and religious points of view. This book marks an attempt to integrate a key figure of New World history into her rightful place as the leader of a critical resistance movement in Jamaica in the first part of the 18th century.ABOUT THE AUTHOR KARLA GOTTLIEB is a specialist in ethnographic and feminist studies. She was educated at Yale and San Francisco State Universities. She lives in Miami and recently completed her first novel.
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