Becoming African in America

Race and Nation in the Early Black Atlantic, 1760-1830
Author(s): 
Sidbury, James
ISBN: 
9780195320107
Date published: 
November 2007
Hardback
Price: 
£17.99

The first slaves imported to America did not see themselves as 'African' but rather as Temne, Igbo, or Yoruban. In Becoming African in America , James Sidbury reveals how an African identity emerged in the late eighteenth-century Atlantic world, tracing the development of 'African' from a degrading term connoting savage people to a word that was a source of pride and unity for the diverse victims of the Atlantic slave trade.