Time and Revolution in African America

Walter Johnson

in Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230576
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936034 | DOI:
Time and Revolution in African America

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This chapter discusses African American history in its Atlantic context. It presents a different implication of the geographical expansion of American history, and shows that whenever one situates slavery in a transnational and even global perspective, historians must face a pluralization of time. One discussion examines the different versions of slavery, such as the slaves who were packed inside Atlantic slave ships. “Merchant slavery” and “aristocratic slavery” are introduced. The chapter also examines the unattended and relevant connection between space and time in historiography, and provides several narratives on slavery.

Keywords: African American history; slavery; merchant slavery; aristocratic slavery; space; time; historiography; narratives on slavery

Chapter.  10150 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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