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By Edda L. Fields-Black

Mangrove rice farming on West Africa's Rice Coast used to be the replicate snapshot of tidewater rice plantations labored by way of enslaved Africans in 18th-century South Carolina and Georgia. This publication reconstructs the advance of rice-growing expertise one of the Baga and Nalu of coastal Guinea, starting greater than a millennium ahead of the transatlantic slave alternate. It finds an image of dynamic pre-colonial coastal societies, rather in contrast to the static, homogenous pre-modern Africa of prior scholarship. From its exam of inheritance, innovation, and borrowing, Deep Roots models a idea of cultural switch that encompasses the variety of groups, cultures, and kinds of expression in Africa and the African diaspora.

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