By Andrew Zimmerman
In 1901, the Tuskegee Institute, based by means of Booker T. Washington, despatched an excursion to the German colony of Togo in West Africa, with the aim of remodeling the zone right into a cotton economic system just like that of the post-Reconstruction American South. Alabama in Africa explores the politics of work, sexuality, and race in the back of this pastime, and the commercial, political, and highbrow hyperlinks connecting Germany, Africa, and the southern usa. The cross-fertilization of histories and practices ended in the emergence of a world South, reproduced social inequities on either side of the Atlantic, and driven the yank South and the German Empire to the vanguard of contemporary colonialism.
Zimmerman exhibits how the folk of Togo, instead of serving as a clean slate for American and German ideologies, assisted in shaping their region's position within the international South. He seems to be on the different types of resistance pioneered by means of African American freedpeople, Polish migrant workers, African cotton cultivators, and different teams exploited by way of, yet by no means passive sufferers of, the turning out to be colonial political financial system. Zimmerman reconstructs the social technological know-how of the worldwide South formulated by means of such thinkers as Max Weber and W.E.B. Du Bois, and divulges how their theories proceed to outline modern race, type, and culture.
monitoring the intertwined histories of Europe, Africa, and the Americas on the flip of the century, Alabama in Africa exhibits how the politics and economics of the segregated American South considerably reshaped different components of the world.
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Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South (America in the World) by Andrew Zimmerman