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The Fante and the transatlantic slave trade /
Rebecca Shumway.
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Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2011.
description
xii, 232 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1580463916 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781580463911 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2011.
isbn
1580463916 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781580463911 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Selling gold and selling captives -- Fanteland in the Atlantic world -- A new form of government -- Making Fante culture.
catalogue key
7912878
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-223) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-04-01:
Shumway (Univ. of Pittsburgh) revises understanding of the 18th-century Gold Coast by using Fante coastal development to challenge the traditional Asante-centric perspective. The author focuses her work upon two main areas, the development of the decentralized Fante political system and the evolution of a cohesive Fante culture that counteracted the independence that existed within the confederation. The work explores the development of the Borbor Fante within the context of the transition from the gold to the slave trade and examines the development of what Shumway calls the "Coastal Coalition" of the Borbor Fante as they gained political and economic power in response to the development of both the Atlantic slave trade and the Asante. Beyond the coalition's development, which depended upon coastal big men who saw cooperation as a way to maintain and increase their position, Shumway explores the development of Fante culture. This involved the evolution of the Fante shrine of Nananom Mpow and the development of the local asafo military organizations. In this latter section, in which the evidence is sparse, the author seems to push the importance and cohesiveness of these unifying elements. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. T. M. Reese Univ. of North Dakota
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This volume explores the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade on Ghana's coast between 1700 and 1807. Rebecca Shumway brings to life the survival experiences of southern Ghanaians as they became both victims of continuous violence and successful brokers of enslaved human beings.
Main Description
The history of Ghana attracts popular interest out of proportion to its small size and marginal importance to the global economy. Ghana is the land of Kwame Nkrumah and the Pan-Africanist movement of the 1960s; it has been a temporary home to famous African-Americans like W. E. B. DuBois and Maya Angelou; and its Asante kingdom and signature kente cloth-global symbols of African culture and pride-are well known. Ghana also attracts a continuous flow of international tourists because of two historical sites that are among the most notorious monuments of the trans-Atlantic slave trade: Cape Coast and Elmina Castles. These looming structures are a vivid reminder of the horrific trade that gave birth to the black population of the Americas. The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade explores the fascinating history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade on Ghana's coast between 1700 and 1807. Here author Rebecca Shumway brings to life the survival experiences of southern Ghanaians as they became both victims of continuous violence and successful brokers of enslaved human beings. The era of the slave trade gave birth to a new culture in this part of West Africa, just as it was giving birth to new cultures across the Americas. The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade pushes Asante scholarship toward to the forefront of African diaspora and Atlantic world studies by showing the integral role of Fante middlemen and trans-Atlantic trade in the development of the Asante economy prior to 1807. Rebecca Shumway is assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.
Unpaid Annotation
Examines the history of the Fante people of Southern Ghana during the trans-Atlantic slave trade, 1700 to 1807.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Chronologyp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Selling Gold and Selling Captivesp. 25
Fanteland in the Atlantic Worldp. 53
A New Form of Governmentp. 88
Making Fante Culturep. 132
Conclusionp. 154
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 225
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