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In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa�s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World

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The transatlantic slave trade forced millions of Africans into bondage. Until the early nineteenth century, African slaves came to the Americas in greater numbers than Europeans. In the Shadow of Slavery provides a startling new assessment of the Atlantic slave trade and upends conventional wisdom by shifting attention from the crops slaves were forced to produce to the f...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published January 27th 2010 by University of California Press (first published December 28th 2009)
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With the buzz I heard about this book from friends it sounded interesting, and I hoped it would be good. I didn't expect phenemonal. It was. It took all summer for me to read In The Shadow of Slavery because it gave me so much to think about I had to keep putting it down. This book was very engaging and well researched without being dry - a rare find. I absolutely loved it.
Carney's book looks at a variety of crops domesticated in Africa that became staples in slave-holding areas of the Americas. Her thesis is that Africans transported as slaves were instrumental in establishing these plants as crops for their own subsistence--some were later recognized as being potentially salable crops.

Carney says that in the past, plantation owners and slave ship crews/captains were held responsible for the transmission and establishment of these plants. She feels (and backs up...more
Carney and Rosomoff have written a study that places food at the center of our understanding of the African diaspora. With an attention to the ways in which African foodstuffs transformed the transatlantic slave trade, their book recenters studies of botanical exchange around the notion of subsistence -- how Africans and European enslavers used African foods to feed themselves and to survive in New World tropical environments. With chapters on maroon communities, the slave ship, and "botanical g...more
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