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African founders : how enslaved people expanded American ideals

Call Number

  • 973.0496 F5292 (CEN, OSH, POW)

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First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.

Publication Information

New York : Simon & Schuster, 2022.

Physical Description

xii, 944 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


"A brilliant synthesis of African and African-American history that shows how slavery differed in different regions of the country, and how the Africans and their descendants influenced the culture, commerce, and laws of the early United States"--


  • Introduction
  • Northern regions. New England: Puritan purposes, Akan ethics, American values ; Hudson Valley: Dutch capitalists, Angolan entrepreneurs, American strivers ; Delaware Valley: Quaker founders, Guinea achievers, American reformers
  • Southern regions. Chesapeake, Virginia and Maryland: English founders, West African strivers, Afro-American leaders ; Coastal Carolina, Georgia and Florida: Barbadian planters, Gullah Geechee cultures, American roots ; Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Gulf Coast: French, Spanish and Anglo rulers; Bamana, Benin & Congo clusters; American Pluralism in the Mississippi Valley
  • Frontier regions. Western frontiers: Fulani herders, Carolina cattlemen, Texas mustangers ; Maritime frontiers: West African boatmen, Atlantic seamen, American maritime traditions ; Southern frontiers: Angolan soldiers, AfroSpanish militias, U.S. Seminole Negro scouts-- Summary and conclusion.

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