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Lose Your Mother A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

In Lose Your Mother Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana 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 The slave Hartman observes is a stranger torn from family home and country To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin to forget your past and to inhabit the world as an outsider There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find She is a stranger in search of strangers and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and with figures from the past whose lives were shattered and transformed by the slave trade Written in prose that is fresh insightful and deeply affecting Lose Your Mother is a landmark text Robin D G Kelley author of Freedom DreamsIn Lose Your Mother Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana 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 The slave Hartman observes is a stranger torn from family home and country To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin to forget your past and to inhabit the world as an outsider There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find She is a stranger in search of strangers and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and with figures from the past whose lives were shattered and transformed by the slave trade Written in prose that is fresh insightful and deeply affecting Lose Your Mother is a landmark text Robin D G Kelley author of Freedom DreamsIn Lose Your Mother Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana 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 The slave Hartman observes is a stranger torn from family home and country To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin to forget your past and to inhabit the world as an outsider There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage no relatives in Ghana whom she came hoping to find She is a stranger in search of strangers and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way and with figures from the past whose lives were shattered and transformed by the slave trade Written in prose that is fresh insightful and deeply affecting Lose Your Mother is a landmark text Robin D G Kelley author of Freedom Dreams


9 thoughts on “Lose Your Mother A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

  1. says:

    The author is absurdly critical of how Ghanaians access and interpret their own history Her perscriptivism for nearly three hundred pages in which she complains that Ghanaians Don't know anything about their history Memorialise their history in the slavery museum incorrectly Don't talk about slaves enough Talk about the wrong slaves when chiefs agree to grant her an audience to talk about slavery Don't crygrieve when passing slave forts Even though I'd bet good money that she doesn't spend all her time in America weeping at monuments to slavers Sometimes people have places to go and things to do Perhaps when she's stood in a country on a Fullbright scholarship paying for everything she doesn't realise that people on poverty level of wages actually need to work to survive?Her sneering attitude to Ghanaians speaking gleefully about happening across people in slums using a sand dune as a toilet in one breath and then bewailing the lack of knowledge people have about their history as if poverty and lack of education aren't directly linked in countries where school costs money was absolutely breathtakingly ignorant of her and reminded me of the worst kind of white girl on a gap year blogs not a book by a historian