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Working the Diaspora: The Impact of African Labor on the Anglo-American World, 1650-1850

Frederick C. Knight


From the sixteenth to early nineteenth centuries, four times more Africans than Europeans crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. While this forced migration stripped slaves of their liberty, it failed to destroy many of their cultural practices, which came with Africans to the New World. This book examines work cultures on both sides of the Atlantic, from West and West Central Africa to British North America and the Caribbean. It demonstrates that the knowledge that Africans carried across the Atlantic shaped Anglo-American agricultural development and made particularly important contribu ... More

Keywords: Atlantic crossing, Americas, forced migration, African slaves, African culture, Anglo-American agriculture, Atlantic slave trade, plantation labor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814748183
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748183.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick C. Knight, author