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The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo : the forgotten history of America's Dutch-owned slaves / Jeroen Dewulf.

Author:
Dewulf, Jeroen, 1972- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2017]
  • ©2017
Description:
ix, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary note:
"The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo presents the history of the nation's forgotten Dutch slave community and free Dutch-speaking African Americans from seventeenth-century New Amsterdam to nineteenth-century New York and New Jersey. It also develops a provocative new interpretation of one of America's most intriguing black folkloric traditions, Pinkster. Jeroen Dewulf rejects the usual interpretation of this celebration of a "slave king" as a form of carnival. Instead, he shows that it is a ritual rooted in mutual-aid and slave brotherhood traditions. By placing these traditions in an Atlantic context, Dewulf identifies striking parallels to royal election rituals in slave communities elsewhere in the Americas, and he traces these rituals to the ancient Kingdom of Kongo and the impact of Portuguese culture in West-Central Africa. Dewulf's focus on the social capital of slaves follows the mutual aid to seventeenth-century Manhattan. He suggests a much stronger impact of Manhattan's first slave community on the development of African American identity in New York and New Jersey than hitherto assumed. While the earliest works on slave culture in a North American context concentrated on an assumed process of assimilation according to European standards, later studies pointed out the need to look for indigenous African continuities. The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo suggests the necessity for an increased focus on the substantial contact that many Africans had with European--primarily Portuguese--cultures before they were shipped as slaves to the Americas. The book has already garnered honors as the winner of the Richard O. Collins Award in African Studies, the New Netherland Institute Hendricks Award, and the Clague and Carol Van Slyke Prize"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-276) and index.
Contents:
Celebrating Pinkster as a Dutch tradition -- Celebrating Pinkster as an African American traditions -- In search of the Pinkster king -- Slave kings and Black brotherhoods in the Atlantic world -- The Pinkster king as leader of a brotherhood -- The demise and legacy of the Pinkster festival.
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ISBN:
  • 9781496808813 ((hardback))
  • 1496808819 ((hardback))
  • ((epub institutional))
  • ((pdf single))
LCCN:
2016019248
OCLC:
948826443
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