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The radio in Africa has shaped culture by allowing listeners to negotiate modern identities and sometimes fast-changing lifestyles. Through the medium of voice and mediated sound, listeners on the station – known as Radio Bantu, then Radio Zulu, and finally Ukhozi FM – shaped new understandings of the self, family and social roles.
Through particular genres such as radio drama, fuelled by the skills of radio actors and listeners, an array of debates, choices and mistakes were unpacked daily for decades. This was the unseen literature of the auditory, the drama of the airwaves, which at its height shaped the lives of millions of listeners in urban and rural places in South Africa. Radio became a conduit for many talents squeezed aside by apartheid repression. Besides Winnie Mahlangu and K.E. Masinga and a host of other talents opened by radio, the exiles Lewis Nkosi and Bloke Modisane made a niche and a network of identities and conversations which stretched from the heart of Harlem to the American South. Nkosi and Modisane were working respectively in BBC Radio drama and a short-lived radio transcription centre based in London which drew together the threads of activism and creativity from both Black America and the African continent at a critical moment of the late empire.
Radio Soundings is a fascinating study that shows how, throughout its history, Zulu radio has made a major impact on community, everyday life and South African popular culture, voicing a range of subjectivities which gave its listeners a place in the modern world.
In this updated edition of "Who Was Who in Native American History", Waldman profiles men and women who have made significant contributions to Native American history, such as Native American warrior William Apess, the Pequot leader of the peaceful "Mashpee Revolt", and the Fox anthropologist William Jones. 57 photos.
In this moving and original work, William S. McFeely, one of this country's most distinguished historians, retells the history and enters into the current-day lives of the people who inhabit Sapelo's Island off the coast of Georgia, descendants of slaves who once worked its huge cotton plantations. It is at once a richly detailed work of historical reconstruction, a sensitive portrait of the lives of black Americans in this particular place and in our own time, and a moving meditation on race by a writer who has made its painful dilemmas his life's work as a historian."
The product of malicious leftwingism, anti-Semitism and relentless big media bias, global hostility to the State of Israel appears to constitute an expanding ideological fashion, which is to say a monkey-see-monkey-do phenomenon lacking a rational basis, driving fantastical propaganda claims, acts of terrorism and war. The Zionist Entity: The Jewish State In The 21st Century focuses on some key elements, in particular the term "occupation" which tends to be disingenuously applied to the Israel-Palestine relationship.
Big media's slanted journalism not only encourages the spread of anti-Semitism, but damages the prospects for a peace settlement and helps sustain abusive administrative regimes in Gaza and the West Bank. Likewise American pressure. All considered, resolution of the conflict may lie somewhere in the distant future.
The author, David Levy, offers a unique perspective on Israel and its future, based on conversations with members of Israel's religious right, an anti-Israel Jewish academic, the ex-wife of the founder of Fatah, an intelligence specialist, a Holocaust authority, a former Knesset member, and others.
Mediation is the term James Ruppert uses to describe his important new theory of reading Native American fiction. Focusing on novels of six major contemporary American writers -- N. Scott Momaday, James Welch, Leslie Silko, Gerald Vizenor, D'Arcy McNickle, and Louise Erdrich -- Ruppert analyzes the ways in which these writers draw upon their bicultural heritage, guiding Native and non-Native readers alike to a different and expanded understanding of each other's worlds. Their fiction, which emphasizes healing, survival, and continuance, aims to produce cross-cultural understanding rather than divisiveness.
For aboriginal peoples around the world, the consequences of European colonization were tragically similar. Indeed, according to the authors of this comparative study, striking parallels remain evident today between the aboriginal peoples of Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. Not only do they occupy similar positions in their respective societies, but they share a common commitment to restoring their unique status as 'nations within' those societies and to obtaining the entitlements-including the right to self-determination-that derive from formal recognition of that status. To achieve these goals, a massive restructuring of relations between aboriginal peoples and the state is clearly required. The Nations Within analyses the roles played by both parties in this relationship, past and present, with a particular focus on Canada.
Personal discussions by famous writers and historians on their favorite books and how they got hooked on the subject; "The Best Fifty Indian Wars' Books"; "Building your Indian Wars' Library"; "The Ongoing Debate Over the Best and Worst Custer Books", and more. Includes book reviews, columns, and index. A foreword is included by historian Edwin C. Bearss.
Isabel Vincent's groundbreaking exploration brings to light a dark
chapter in our recent history: the white slave trade and the
international Jewish mobsters behind it.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Newly revised and updated to include new maps, this is the seventh
edition of Martin Gilbert's atlas tracing the world-wide migrations
of the Jews from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Israel.
Sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History, this illustrated history of the Inkas and their predecessors offers a fresh appraisal of a remarkable civilization.
This book unravels the ethnic history of California since the late
nineteenth-century Anglo-American conquest and institutionalization
of "white supremacy" in the state. Almaguer comparatively assesses
the struggles for control of resources, status, and political
legitimacy between the European American and the Native American,
Mexican, African-American, Chinese, and Japanese populations.
Drawing from an array of primary and secondary sources, he weaves a
detailed, disturbing portrait of ethnic, racial, and class
relationships during this tumultuous time.
In this excellent survey of Native American worldviews, philosopher of religion Jerry H. Gill emphasizes the value of tracing the overarching themes and broad contours of Native American belief systems. He presents an integrated view to serve as an introduction to ways of life and perspectives on the world far different from those of the dominant Euro-American culture. Drawing on the scholarship of anthropologists and specialists in American Indian Studies, Gill brings together much original research in broad, accessible chapters. He explores Native American origin stories, the special connotations given to spatial concepts such as the cardinal directions and the circle, the influence of the seasons and the cycles of life on different cultures, and clan and kinship systems. Separate chapters are devoted to key ceremonies and customs as well as to concepts of health, harmony, virtues, wisdom, and beauty. The final chapter considers the devastating effects on native peoples of the European incursion into North America. Gill discusses the reservation system, attempts at assimilation and resistance, the recent renaissance of American Indian cultures, and prospects for the future. A valuable appendix presents a representative sampling of Native American writings on beliefs and origin stories. This excellent introduction to the many diverse yet related American Indian worldviews will be a welcome resource for teachers of introductory courses in Native American Studies or philosophy of religion, as well as laypersons with an interest in native cultures.
In this important analysis of the status of black Americans since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Professor Alphonso Pinkey refutes the popular neoconservative stance that race is no longer a major factor in the efforts of black Americans to achieve socioeconomic parity. Instead, Professor Pinkey argues, race continues to be an ever-present factor in American life. He bases his argument on detailed analysis of data that support his discussion of income and unemployment, the black middle class, the growing underclass and educational issues such as open admissions, busing and affirmative action.
This work brings together and considers the research into the Chartist movement of the 1840's. Texts examine varied aspects of the movement - Chartist Christians, Chartist Trade Unions, American and Irish Chartists, Chartist educators and Chartist feminists.
In 1897 Brazilian military forces destroyed the millenarian settlement of Canudos, murdering settlement of Canudos, murdering as many as 35,000 pious rural folk who had taken refuge in the remote northeast backlands of Brazil. Fictionalized in Mario Vargas Llosa's "War at the End of the World", Canudos is a pivotal episode in Brazilian social history. When looked at through the eyes of the inhabitants of Canudos, however, this historical incident lends itself to a bold new interpretation which challenges the traditional polemics on the subject. While the Canudos movement has been consistently viewed either as a rebellion of crazed fanatics or as a model of proletarian resistance to oppression, Levine deftly demonstrates that it was, in fact, neither. This book probes the reasons for the Brazilian ambivalence toward its social history, giving much weight to the fact that most of the "Canudenses" were of mixed-race descent. They were perceived as opponents to progress and civilization and, by inference, to Brazil's attempts to "whiten" itself. As a result there are major insights to be found here into Brazilian's self-image over the past century.
The acceptance of Christianity in the tenth century is the most
significant cultural event in the history of modern Russia,
Ukraine, and Belarus. A vast reservoir of cultural concepts,
expressions, and iconographic images has developed within the
Eastern Orthodox tradition, and now Slavic specialists,
theologians, historians, and literary scholars can turn to a
collection which examines the majestic sweep of a thousand years of
This work is an important contribution to the new historiography on Irish emigration, which has changed our understanding of the Irish emigrant experience, adding another dimension to the Irish diaspora following the devastating series of famines in Ireland.
Thousands of years ago, Maine's Red Paint People, so called because of the red ochre in their burial sites, were among the first maritime cultures in the Americas. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. This book explains beautifully the prehistory of these people, the evolution of archaeological thinking about them, and the myriad new scientific threads that shed new light on this old culture. Anyone with even a passing interest in New England's deep maritime roots must read this book. In the closing years of the nineteenth century, strange objects began to come out of the ground in Hancock County, Maine. They were quickly recognized as prehistoric artifacts of stone, but they were very unlike the spear tips and other small artifacts collectors gathered from coastal sites as they eroded into the sea. Many were large and finely crafted, some made of beautiful stone from far-off places. Strangest of all, they came from pits filled with a brilliant red powder called red ocher. These were ancient graves clustered into large cemeteries. Local naturalists brought these finds to the attention of a new breed of scientist--archaeologists who were busy developing their new science at the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnography at Harvard University. They began to visit and to excavate these sites and introduced them to the world in 1893 at Chicago's World's Columbian Exposition. Between then and 1920, other archaeologists became involved, searching for and discovering more than a dozen new cemeteries. Museum collections grew quickly, but so did confusion about what kind of culture could have produced these wonderful objects. Then interest in the so-called Red Paint cemeteries waned as American archaeologists began to broaden their horizons to other continents. The mystery of the Red Paint People was left hanging. A half century later, as Maine archaeology was undergoing a revival, a new generation of archaeologists, armed with the analytical tools of modern science, once again turned their attention to the Red Paint People and reached some surprising conclusions. This book tells the story of the Red Paint People and the archaeologists who have tried to understand them for over a century. Interwoven with that story is one of scientific growth and evolution, as archaeologists have adopted new research models in collaboration with a broad range of natural scientists to flesh out the life story of a remarkable prehistoric culture: the swordfish hunters. Advance Praise: Bruce Bourque's The Swordfish Hunters captivated me as no recent book has. I could not put it down. Thousands of years ago, Maine's Red Paint People were among the first maritime cultures in the Americas. They could have subsisted on easily caught cod, but they chose to capture dangerous and elusive swordfish. Bourque explains beautifully the prehistory of these people, the evolution of archaeological thinking about them, and the myriad new scientific threads that shed new light on this old culture. Anyone with even a passing interest in New England's deep maritime roots must read this book.--Robert Steneck, Professor of Marine Sciences University of Maine In The Swordfish Hunters, Bruce Bourque interweaves four narratives into a fascinating and engaging account of the distinctive Red Paint culture of ancient coastal Maine. He interweaves the history of archaeological research with his own personal history of intellectual discovery. He describes the Red Paint People in fascinating detail as a complex maritime hunter-gatherer society that hunted swordfish, and he shows, importantly, how archaeological data can contribute to modern issues and problems -- in this case to the health of marine ecosystems.--Kenneth M. Ames, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
A vivid portrayal of the attitudes of various Hasidic dynasties to 'the ingathering of the exiles' and to the State of Israel.
Unavailable for several years, Virginia Hamilton’s award-winning companion to The People Could Fly traces the history of slavery in America in the voices and stories of those who lived it. Leo and Diane Dillon’s brilliant black-and-white illustrations echo the stories’ subtlety and power, making this book as stunning to look at as it is to read.
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