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The Atlantic World and African American Life & Culture in Georgia Low Country

Importance of African-Americans in the History of Georgia’s Barrier Islands

This groundbreaking symposium focused on the role of African-Americans in the history of Georgia’s barrier islands and Georgia’s place in the larger Black Atlantic world, which was significant but largely overlooked by scholars who traditionally focused on South Carolina.  The symposium featured 10 of the leading voices in the field, and provided a much-needed forum for new directions and new Scholarship.

African American Life in the Georgia Lowcountry

THE ATLANTIC WORLD AND THE GULLAH GEECHEE

Edited by Phillip Morgan

“The published proceedings from the symposium includes 10 previously unpublished essays that examine various aspects of Georgia Lowcountry life.  They often engage a central dilemma, which is the region’s physical and cultural remoteness that helps to preserve the venerable ways of its black inhabitants, white it can also marginalize the vital place of Lowcountry blacks in the Atlantic World.

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The essays cover a period from the founding of the Georgia colony in the early 1700s until the early 1900s. Included are essays on the double-edged freedom that the American Revolution made possible to black women, the Lowcountry as site of the largest gathering of African Muslims in early North America, and the coexisting worlds of Christianity and Conjuring in coastal Georgia and the links (with variations) to African practices.” (University of Georgia Press)

 

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