Matt’s Book Blog reviewed Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
African-American professor English and Comparative Literature at Colombia, Saidiya Hartman travelled to Ghana to view major sites of the transatlantic slave trade. Hartman went to Salaga, the most active nineteenth-century slave market in Ghana, and Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle, two slave dungeons where African men and women were “warehoused” by the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British before being transported to the New World to become slaves on the plantation. Hartman blends history, travel narrative, and personal memoir into a fascinating, if painful, book.
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