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

With the hot election of the nation’s first African American president—an person of combined Kenyan and American historical past who spent his early life in Hawaii and Indonesia—the subject of transnational identification is achieving the leading edge of the nationwide recognition in an remarkable manner. As our society turns into more and more different and intermingled, it truly is more and more crucial to appreciate how race and background effect our perceptions of and interactions with one another. Assumed Identities constitutes an enormous step during this direction.

However, “identity is a slippery concept,” say the editors of this instructive quantity. this is often nowhere truer than within the melting pot of the early trans-Atlantic cultures shaped within the colonial New international in the course of the 17th, eighteenth, and 19th centuries. because the reviews during this quantity express, in this interval within the trans-Atlantic global members and teams shaped their identities but in addition had identities ascribed to them via surrounding societies. The historians who've contributed to this quantity examine those approaches 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 themes, perceptions of racial id within the Chesapeake neighborhood, in Brazil, and in Saint-Domingue (colonial-era Haiti). because the individuals exhibit, the cultures within which those reviews are sited helped outline the themes’ self-perceptions and the methods others concerning them.

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Assumed Identities: The Meanings of Race in the Atlantic World (Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, published for the University of Texas at) by John D. Garrigus,Christopher Morris,Franklin W. Knight,Rebecca Goetz,Trevor Burnard,Sidney Chalhoub,Rebecca J. Scott,Jean M. Hébrard


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