African American Life in the Georgia Lowcountry: The Atlantic World and the Gullah Geechee

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University of Georgia Press
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6.06 X 9.29 X 0.88 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

PHILIP MORGAN is Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University. His book Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry won the Bancroft Prize and a number of other prestigious awards. His recent books include Black Experience and the Empire and Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age.


These ten excellent essays on the Gullah-Geechee people in the Georgia lowcountry enrich and complicate our understanding of the entire subject of American slavery and its legacies.

--David Brion Davis "author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World "

This is a fascinating and important collection. These thoughtful and incisive essays by an international team of interdisciplinary scholars illuminate a place and a past still palpable today, reminding us not only of the collective tragedies of slavery and segregation but also of the creation and evolution of the indomitable and beautiful Gullah-Geechee culture.

--Charles Joyner "author of Down by the Riverside "

This splendid collection illuminates an aspect of African American culture that has been neglected in the past.


The ten essays collected in this volume are wide ranging both chronologically (from the eighteenth-century to the modern day) and methodologically, encompassing the disciplines of history, literature, and cultural studies. Together they provide a detailed and interesting insight into the worlds created by Africans in the lowcountry . . . This volume is to be welcomed and hopefully it will stimulate others to continue the work on this small part of Africa in America.

--American Historical Review

Each essay in this collection exhibits a deep understanding of low country African American studies. . . .Despite this small caution, the volume deserves to reach a diverse readership of students, scholars, and laypeople.

--Hayden R. Smith "South Carolina Historical Magazine "

Morgan does a superb job of linking Georgia to a larger Atlantic world....[and t]he contributors indeed are successful in offering a sustained, thoughtful balance of the history, culture, and people of this region.

--Daina Ramey Berry "Journal of Southern History "

All of the essays are well crafted, and several of them, particularly those by Vincent Carretta, Betty Wood, and Michael A. Gomez, are by themselves worth the price of the volume . . . This book greatly deepens our understanding of the life and culture of lowcountry blacks and is essential reading for all interested in the African experience in early America.

--Journal of American History

Through a valuable assortment of methodological approaches and scholarly perspectives, African American Life in the Georgia Lowcountry demystifies aspects of African American life in this region.

--Brandon Byrd "Journal of African American History "