328 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 26 halftones, 1 maps, 1 graph, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5215-3
Published: February 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3113-4
Published: December 2016
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Awards & distinctions
2018 Melville J. Herskovits Prize, African Studies Association
In a tour de force of historical investigation on two continents, Lindsay tells a story of Vaughan’s survival, prosperity, and activism against a seemingly endless series of obstacles. By following Vaughan’s transatlantic journeys and comparing his experiences to those of his parents, contemporaries, and descendants in Nigeria and South Carolina, Lindsay reveals the expansive reach of slavery, the ambiguities of freedom, and the surprising ways that Africa, rather than America, offered new opportunities for people of African descent.
About the Author
Lisa A. Lindsay is Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information about Lisa A. Lindsay, visit the Author Page.
“An intriguing and important look into the lasting effects of the Atlantic slave trade and the experiences of at least one African American who took advantage of the early nineteenth-century back-to-Africa movement.”--H-Net
“[A] meticulously researched, highly engaging narrative. . . . [Lindsay] expertly weaves the story of one family with the larger changes both African Americans and Africans faced during the 19th century. Highly recommended.”--Choice
“Serves as a useful corrective to understandings of African diasporic identity that rely on the uncomplicated mythologies of cultural nationalism.”--Journal of Social History
“Offers readers two stories: an intimate portrait of one man's search for home and a greater survey of life on both sides of the Atlantic in the nineteenth century.”--North Carolina Historical Review
“Deeply researched and richly textured.”--The Journal of Southern History
“Vaughan’s life—arcing, roughly, from the United States to Africa—captures continental histories of oppression and violence, but it also reveals the capacity of a single person or family to make some small, safe space through sheer force of will. This is an astonishing history, one of the most compelling and moving books I’ve ever read.”--Matthew Guterl, author of Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe