Peter h wood s strange new land

The mosquitoes bred in the conditions of the rice fields, and as the rice industry expanded, so did the diseases they carried.

Strange New Land

His book has been in print since it was first published in Wood Explores the history of slavery and the struggle for freedom before the United States became a nation and documents the transformation of slavery from a brutal form of indentured servitude to a full-blown system of racial domination.

In Virginia and North Carolina, by contrast, many slaves were held in small numbers by individual families on subsistence farms.

In addition, some of the surviving slaves likely carried these endemic diseases. Wood Description Engaging and accessibly written, Strange New Land explores the history of slavery and the struggle for freedom before the United States became a nation.

The African region stretched between what is now Senegal and Gambia in the north to Sierra Leone and Liberia in the south. At around the same time, a dozen major books were published on American slavery. Although planters maintained plantations on the Sea Islands, they preferred to live in the cities of Charleston or Savannah.

Africans in Colonial America Peter H. He played lacrosse while an undergraduate at Harvard and later at Oxford. They were also familiar with Asian ricehaving obtained it via the trans-Saharan trade or through contact with early Portuguese shippers.

Wood showed that the Africans were more resistant to these tropical fevers, because they were endemic in their homeland. Before Wood conceived his "black majority" argument, the origin of Gullah culture was not well understood.

Published init was part of major revisions in the ways historians studied African-American history. White colonists avoided the low country because of disease.

Against the troubling backdrop of American slavery, Strange New Land surveys black social and cultural life, superbly illustrating how such a diverse group of people from the shores of West and Central Africa became a community in North America.

This increased their interaction with whites. In addition, the continuing importation of slaves from the Rice Coast meant that the people were renewed from specific tribal cultures, rather than being mixed. Gullah origins[ edit ] Wood explained why the Gullah people have preserved so much more of their African cultural heritage than other black communities in the U.

This demographic environment is what enabled Africans in the low country to retain more of their cultural heritage than slaves elsewhere in North America. It also influenced the work of the public historian Joseph Opalawho organized a series of notable "homecomings" to Sierra Leone for Gullah people.

It influenced the writings of other scholars, including Daniel C. In addition, the slaves in the low country, and especially plantations of the Sea Islandshad much less contact with whites than did those in areas such as Virginia or North Carolina, where whites were in the majority.

Focuses on how Africans survived this brutal process - and ultimately shaped the contours of American racial slavery through numerous means Surveys black social and cultural life, superbly illustrating how such a diverse group of people from the shores of West and Central Africa became a community in North America Strange New Land Peter H.

Even those held in larger numbers on plantations experienced change as crops were shifted from tobacco to mixed farming. The slave ships coming from Africa brought mosquitos which introduced malaria and yellow fever to the semi-tropical "low country" region bordering the South Carolina coast.

Beginning with the colonization of North America, Peter Wood documents the transformation of slavery from a brutal form of indentured servitude to a full-blown system of racial domination.

By proving that Africans contributed their sophisticated knowledge and skills to the building of America and not just their physical labor, Wood set a new tone in Southern historiography and opened an area of study. Personal[ edit ] Wood married Ann Watson in September African farmers in that region had been growing indigenous African rice for thousands of years and were experts in cultivating the difficult crop.

Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from through the Stono RebellionWood showed that South Carolina rice planters during the Colonial Era chose enslaved Africans specifically from the "Rice Coast" of West Africa because of their expertise in rice cultivation and its technology.

They knew how to design and build the major earthworks: Because of the diseases and the expansion of large rice and indigo plantations, with their need for many laborers, South Carolina had a "black majority" by about Professor Wood continued to write about Africans in colonial America.

North Carolina before ", in Joe A. Strange New Land focuses on how Africans survived this brutal process--and ultimately shaped the contours of American racial slavery through numerous means, including: Wood demonstrated that Africans from the Rice Coast brought the knowledge and technical skills to develop extensive cultivation that made rice one of the most lucrative industries in early America.

It contributed to historians who have examined the continuities between African cultures and those the people created in different regions of the present-day United States.Engaging and accessibly written, Strange New Land explores the history of slavery and the struggle for freedom before the United States became a nation.

Beginning with the colonization of North America, Peter Wood documents the transformation of slavery from a brutal form of indentured servitude to /5. STRANGE NEW LAND: Africans in Colonial America Peter H. Wood, Author.

STRANGE NEW LAND: Africans in Colonial America

Oxford Univ. $ (p) ISBN There are no new revelations on the order of Wood's Black Majority.

Peter H. Wood

Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America 1st Edition, Kindle Edition by Peter H. Wood (Author)/5(12). Free Essay: Strange New Land, offers a seemingly vast view of the presence of African Americans in present day North America. Mr. Wood describes the harsh. The son of Barry Wood and Mary Lee Wood, Peter H.

Wood was educated at the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland, Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America () With Elizabeth A. Fenn, Part I: "Natives and Newcomers: North Carolina before ", in Joe A.

Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America

Mobley, ed. Engaging and accessibly written, Strange New Land explores the history of slavery and the struggle for freedom before the United States became a nation.

Beginning with the colonization of North America, Peter Wood documents the transformation of slavery from a brutal form of indentured servitude to a full-blown system of racial domination.

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