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Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora (Blacks in the Diaspora) (Paperback)

Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora (Blacks in the Diaspora) By Edda L. Fields-Black Cover Image
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Mangrove rice farming on West Africa's Rice Coast was the mirror image of tidewater rice plantations worked by enslaved Africans in 18th-century South Carolina and Georgia. This book reconstructs the development of rice-growing technology among the Baga and Nalu of coastal Guinea, beginning more than a millennium before the transatlantic slave trade. It reveals a picture of dynamic pre-colonial coastal societies, quite unlike the static, homogenous pre-modern Africa of previous scholarship. From its examination of inheritance, innovation, and borrowing, Deep Roots fashions a theory of cultural change that encompasses the diversity of communities, cultures, and forms of expression in Africa and the African diaspora.

About the Author


Edda L. Fields-Black is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in pre-colonial and West African history. With research interests extending into the African diaspora, for more than 15 years Fields-Black has traveled to and lived in Guinea, Sierra Leone, South Carolina, and Georgia to uncover the history of African rice farmers and rice cultures.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780253016102
ISBN-10: 025301610X
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: July 11th, 2014
Pages: 296
Language: English
Series: Blacks in the Diaspora