We Slaves of Suriname

In this classic book, published here in English for the first time, the Surinamese writer and resistance leader recounts the history of his homeland, from the first settlements by Europeans in search of gold through the era of the slave ...

Author: Anton de Kom

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9781509549023

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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Anton de Kom’s We Slaves of Suriname is a literary masterpiece as well as a fierce indictment of racism and colonialism. In this 1934 book, published here in English for the first time, the Surinamese writer and resistance leader Anton de Kom recounts the history of his homeland, from the first settlements by Europeans in search of gold through the era of the slave trade and the period of Dutch colonial rule when the old slave mentality persisted, long after slavery had been formally abolished. De Kom wrote this book to help free the people of Suriname from the yoke of colonial rule: ‘No people can reach full maturity as long as it remains burdened with an inherited sense of inferiority.’ In 1933, de Kom was banished by the colonial authorities in Suriname, who saw him as a threat. He wrote We Slaves of Suriname from exile in The Netherlands, where it was first published in 1934 in a censored form. When World War II broke out, de Kom joined the Dutch resistance and his works were banned. He was arrested by the Germans in 1944 and deported to the Neuengamme concentration camp, where he died on 24 April 1945. 159 years after the abolition of slavery in Suriname and 88 years after its initial publication, We Slaves of Suriname has lost none of its brilliance and power.


Mission Or Submission

Without education initiatives the slaves in Suriname would become impatient and would demand their freedom ; however , due to the Moravian teachings they would understand that » > freedom now << would be negative for them because they ...

Author: Armando Lampe

Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag

ISBN: 9783525559635

Category: Caribbean Area

Page: 248

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Studie over de relatie tussen de kerk en de slavenmaatschappij.


The Boni Maroon Wars in Suriname

But it was not Dutchmen who performed the heavy physical labor in Suriname's hot and humid tropical climate . For that they bought slaves at auction in Paramaribo , where shiploads of these unfortunates were brought by other Dutchmen ...

Author: Wim S. M. Hoogbergen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004093034

Category: History

Page: 254

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This a fascinating account of the history of the Boni- Maroons (Aluku-Maroons) of Surinam and French-Guiana from about 1730 until 1860. Based on archival data, oral history and the literature, the author paints an overall picture of this interesting Maroon-history of guerilla warfare, slave resistance and rebellion.

Once We Were Slaves

Using family heirlooms to unlock the mystery of Moses's ancestors, Once We Were Slaves overturns the reclusive heiress's assumptions about her family history to reveal that her grandmother and great-uncle, Sarah and Isaac Brandon, actually ...

Author: Laura Arnold Leibman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0197530494

Category: History

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An obsessive genealogist and descendent of one of the most prominent Jewish families since the American Revolution, Blanche Moses firmly believed her maternal ancestors were Sephardic grandees. Yet she found herself at a dead end when it came to her grandmother's maternal line. Using family heirlooms to unlock the mystery of Moses's ancestors, Once We Were Slaves overturns the reclusive heiress's assumptions about her family history to reveal that her grandmother and great-uncle, Sarah and Isaac Brandon, actually began their lives as poor Christian slaves in Barbados. Tracing the siblings' extraordinary journey throughout the Atlantic World, Leibman examines artifacts they left behind in Barbados, Suriname, London, Philadelphia, and, finally, New York, to show how Sarah and Isaac were able to transform themselves and their lives, becoming free, wealthy, Jewish, and--at times--white. While their affluence made them unusual, their story mirrors that of the largely forgotten population of mixed African and Jewish ancestry that constituted as much as ten percent of the Jewish communities in which the siblings lived, and sheds new light on the fluidity of race--as well as on the role of religion in racial shift--in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Once We Were Slaves

... some of her maternal relatives were descendants of slaves, forcibly transported to Suriname from Africa. Born to Jewish fathers in the colony, the mixed- race children had converted, and they and their descendants co- existed— ...

Author: Laura Arnold Leibman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0197530478

Category: History

Page: 320

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Origins (Bridgetown, 1793-1798) -- From Slave to Free (Bridgetown, 1801) -- From Christian to Jew (Suriname, 1811-12) -- The Tumultuous Island (Bridgetown, 1812-1817) -- Synagogue Seats (New York & Philadelphia, 1793-1818) -- The Material of Race (London, 1815-17) -- Voices of Rebellion (Bridgetown, 1818-24) -- A Woman Valor (New York, 1817-19) -- This Liberal City (Philadelphia, 1818-33) -- Feverish Love (New York, 1819-1830) -- When I am Gone (New York, Barbados, London, 1830-1847) -- Legacies (New York and Beyond, 1841-1860).

Suriname

In May 1933, de Kom was exiled to the Netherlands, where he completed his book Wij slaven van Suriname (We Slaves of Suriname) and continued to agitate against colonial policies. During World War II, whilst the Netherlands was occupied ...

Author: Philip Briggs

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1841629103

Category: Travel

Page: 248

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The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions

Nothing can be found in the slave period or even later when indentured laborers came concerning care for the material needs of workers in Suriname. Those who imported the slaves and traded in slaves were bound by regulations governing ...

Author: Patrick Taylor

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252094336

Category: Reference

Page: 640

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The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions is the definitive reference for Caribbean religious phenomena from a Caribbean perspective. Generously illustrated, this landmark project combines the breadth of a comparative approach to religion with the depth of understanding of Caribbean spirituality as an ever-changing and varied historical phenomenon. Organized alphabetically, entries examine how Caribbean religious experiences have been shaped by and have responded to the processes of colonialism and the challenges of the postcolonial world. Systematically organized by theme and area, the encyclopedia considers religious traditions such as Vodou, Rastafari, Sunni Islam, Sanatan Dharma, Judaism, and the Roman Catholic and Seventh-day Adventist churches. Detailed subentries present topics such as religious rituals, beliefs, practices, specific historical developments, geographical differences, and gender roles within major traditions. Also included are entries that address the religious dimensions of geographical territories that make up the Caribbean. Representing the culmination of more than a decade of work by the associates of the Caribbean Religions Project, The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions will foster a greater understanding of the role of religion in Caribbean life and society, in the Caribbean diaspora, and in wider national and transnational spaces.

Beyond Bondage

In 1791 there were forty—five thousand plantation slaves in Suriname against 1,360 white plan— tation residentsithat is, a ratio of 33:1. In Suriname as a whole, however, there were fifty—three thousand slaves and 3,360 white ...

Author: David Barry Gaspar

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252091361

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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David Barry Gaspar and Darlene Clark Hine's Beyond Bondage outlines the restricted spheres within which free women of color, by virtue of gender and racial restrictions, were forced to carve out their existences. Although their freedom, represented by the acquisition of property, respectability, and opportunity, always remained precarious, the collection supports the surprising conclusion that women of color often sought and obtained these advantages more successfully than their male counterparts.