Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, by Andrew Zimmerman

By Andrew Zimmerman

In 1901, the Tuskegee Institute, based via Booker T. Washington, despatched an day trip to the German colony of Togo in West Africa, with the aim of reworking the sector 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 at the back of this activity, 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 each side of the Atlantic, and driven the yankee South and the German Empire to the vanguard of contemporary colonialism.

Zimmerman indicates how the folk of Togo, instead of serving as a clean slate for American and German ideologies, contributed to shaping their region's position within the worldwide South. He seems to be on the types of resistance pioneered by means of African American freedpeople, Polish migrant employees, African cotton cultivators, and different teams exploited through, yet by no means passive sufferers of, the becoming colonial political financial system. Zimmerman reconstructs the social technology of the worldwide South formulated via such thinkers as Max Weber and W.E.B. Du Bois, and divulges how their theories proceed to outline modern race, classification, 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 parts of the world.

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