9780374531157

Lose Your Mother A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

  • ISBN 13:

    9780374531157

  • ISBN 10:

    0374531153

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 01/22/2008
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Summary

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 strangertorn 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 Motheris a "landmark text" (Robin D. G. Kelley, author ofFreedom Dreams).

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