Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora

Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora

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Author/Contributor(s): Fields-Black, Edda L
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Date: 07/11/2014
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
Mangrove rice farming on West Africa's Rice Coast was the mirror image of tidewater rice plantations worked by enslaved Africans in 18th-century South Carolina and Georgia. This book reconstructs the development of rice-growing technology among the Baga and Nalu of coastal Guinea, beginning more than a millennium before the transatlantic slave trade. It reveals a picture of dynamic pre-colonial coastal societies, quite unlike the static, homogenous pre-modern Africa of previous scholarship. From its examination of inheritance, innovation, and borrowing, Deep Roots fashions a theory of cultural change that encompasses the diversity of communities, cultures, and forms of expression in Africa and the African diaspora.