Essays on Comparative Emancipation
JEFFREY R. KERR-RITCHIE, associate professor of history at Howard University, is the author of Rites of August First: Emancipation Day in the Black Atlantic World and Freedpeople in the Tobacco South: Virginia, 1860–1900.
Praise for Freedom's Seekers
“Kerr-Ritchie adeptly weaves together rich social history and international political economy. This is no small task. He provides a lot of evidence to support his analyses, along with an extensive bibliography. Freedom’s Seekers . . . is subaltern history at its best. This work is one of the most informative and important books focusing on emancipations and the Atlantic world published in the last two decades.”—American Historical Review
“Kerr-Ritchie’s lively and suggestive essays reconceptualize emancipation studies through broad comparative methodology. . . Highly recommended.”—CHOICE
“Each essay offers a hemispheric view of emancipation and the activities of 'self-emancipators,' and together they serve Kerr-Ritchie’s more general call for a reconsideration of the political ramifications of comparative history.”—Journal of American History
“Freedom’s Seekers is an evocative study that quickly captures the reader’s attention and interest. . . . Kerr-Ritchie’s knowledge and use of the scholarship and the primary sources is very impressive as he comfortably explores dozens of countries on five continents.”—Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society
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