eBook Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1851094466
  • ISBN-13: 9781851094462
  • DDC: 303.48
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1500 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008
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For centuries the fates of Africa and the Americas have been inextricably intertwined, a relationship all the more remarkable for the wide-ranging influences flowing across the Atlantic. Today, one in five people in the Western Hemisphere are of African descent and powerful social, economic and ecological forces crisscross the Atlantic.

Ranging from the 15th century to the present, Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History explores the many ways Africa and African peoples have shaped the cultural life of the Americas -- and how, in turn, life in the Americas reverberates in Africa.

This groundbreaking three-volume encyclopedia offers hundreds of alphabetically organized entries on African history, nations and peoples plus African-influenced aspects of life in the Americas. It also features authoritative introductory essays on history, culture and religion, demography, international relations, economics and trade, and arts and literature. In doing so, it traces the complex and continuous movement of peoples of African descent to the West, the mechanics and lingering effects of colonialism and the slave trade, and the crucial issues of cultural retention and adaptation that are essential to our understanding of the effects of globalization.