Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

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Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

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For more than an hour I listened to the sounds of vehicles rumbling along the road and the boots of soldiers striking the pavement and the volley of commands and the crack and pop of exploding shells. Images of kin trampled underfoot and lost along the way, abandoned dwellings repossessed by the earth, and towns vanished from sight and banished from memory were all that I could ever hope to claim.

Saidiya Hartman’s book is about, in part, having a lack of that, a lack of sense, and a lack of belonging. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history. They were assigned the foul and degraded labor suited only to those bereft of the dignity and compassion of free men. LOSE YOUR MOTHER is wider and deeper than Alex Haley's landmark ROOTS, much less sentimental and incredibly smart.The lowest rung wore shackles, albeit of gold, which was associated with pollution, excrement, and dishonor: "From gold and silver they make chamber pots and all the humblest vessels for use everywhere, not only in the common halls but in private homes also.

When I reached the dunes I noticed a little swamp that had been created by sewage pipes emptying onto the beach. When the taxi pulled away from the guesthouse I could not tell if the grim expression on Stella's face was intended to issue one last warning. She chronicles the ambivalence of current African-American ex-patriates in Ghana, the cynicism of the new "slavery tourism" industry, and the sometimes disturbing relationship to slavery and its direct descendants that exists in Ghana today.Lose Your Mother is one of those landmark texts that succeeds at remembering the horrors of the Middle Passage and the historical legacy that experience left on both sides of the Atlantic.

Robert Lee had become friends with Kwame Nkrumah while they were both students at Lincoln University. The expatriates crossed the Atlantic to break the chains of slavery, and I did so doubting that I would ever be free of them.

IN 1957, Ghana's independence was a beacon of freedom to the civil rights movement and Nkrumah, the liberator of black people worldwide. Padmore organized the first meeting of Independent Africa's Heads of State and the first All African Peoples Congress. Unlike the concentration camp, the gulag, and the killing field, which had as their intended end the extermination of a population, the Atlantic trade created millions of corpses, but as a corollary to the making of commodities. It goes on being lonely, and it's how you adjust yourself to that loneliness that matters, not how you adjust to Africa.



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