Caribbean and Southern : Transnational Perspectives on the U. S. South

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-09-25
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr

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Ranging across the colonial and postcolonial eras of the American South and the Caribbean, the six essays in this volume take a fresh look at the regions' transnational linkages. With their focus on border zones, hybridity, and creolization, the essays challenge our notions about the cultural and economic trajectories of the African diaspora in this part of the world. For instance, was the movement of slaves seeking freedom in the United States always south to north? Or was the movement of slaves in bondage always westward, from Africa to the Caribbean or the Americas?One consequence of the work presented in this volume is an expansion of the physical borders of the Caribbean-southern sphere to include, for example, the Chesapeake Bay area. Lesser-known populations, such as the Black Seminoles, also gain heightened visibility. Runaway slaves who first allied themselves with Florida Indians, the Black Seminoles later migrated to the Bahamas. Other topics covered include foodways, environmental justice and Caribbean tourism, and religious or celebratory traditions of Vodou, Jonkonnu, and Rocks.

Author Biography

Helen A. Regis is an associate professor of geography and anthropology at Lousiana State University. She is the author of Fulbe Voices and coauthor of Charitable Choices.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1(6)
Helen A. Regis
From the Chesapeake Bay to the Caribbean Sea and Back: Remapping Routes, Unearthing Roots 7(27)
Faye V Harrison
Fish and Grits: Southern, African, and British Influences in Bahamian Foodways 34(39)
Paul Farnsworth and Laurie A. Wilkie
Black Seminole Diaspora: The Caribbean Connection 73(16)
Rosalyn Howard
Rockin' and Rushin' for Christ: Hidden Transcripts in Diasporic Ritual Performance 89(35)
Joyce Marie Jackson
Where Circum-Caribbean Afro-Catholic Creoles Met American Southern Protestant Conjurers: Origins of New Orleans Voodoo 124(15)
Martha Ward
Race, Class, and Environmental Justice: Eastern Caribbean Dimensions of a "Southern" Problem 139(14)
Mark Moberg
Contributors 153

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