Assumed Identities: The Meanings of Race in the Atlantic by John D. Garrigus,Christopher Morris,Franklin W.

By John D. Garrigus,Christopher Morris,Franklin W. Knight,Rebecca Goetz,Trevor Burnard,Sidney Chalhoub,Rebecca J. Scott,Jean M. Hébrard

With the new election of the nation’s first African American president—an person of mixed Kenyan and American history who spent his youth in Hawaii and Indonesia—the subject of transnational identification is attaining the vanguard of the nationwide cognizance in an extraordinary manner. As our society turns into more and more varied and intermingled, it truly is more and more central to appreciate how race and historical past effect our perceptions of and interactions with one another. Assumed Identities constitutes an incredible step during this direction.

However, “identity is a slippery concept,” say the editors of this instructive quantity. this can be nowhere truer than within the melting pot of the early trans-Atlantic cultures shaped within the colonial New global through the 17th, eighteenth, and 19th centuries. because the reports during this quantity exhibit, in this interval within the trans-Atlantic international participants and teams shaped their identities but additionally had identities ascribed to them by means of surrounding societies. The historians who've contributed to this quantity examine those methods of a number of identification formation, in addition to modern understandings of them.

Originating within the 2007 Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures offered on the collage of Texas at Arlington, Assumed Identities: The Meanings of Race within the Atlantic international examines, between different issues, perceptions of racial id within the Chesapeake neighborhood, in Brazil, and in Saint-Domingue (colonial-era Haiti). because the members display, the cultures within which those experiences are sited helped outline the themes’ self-perceptions and the methods others with regards to them.

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