Trevor R. Getz Ø 7 DownloadTHIS EXCELLENT BOOK is comprised of three parts The graphics the transcripts and a historicalreading guideuestions that address women s ights as well as 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life racial ineuality A good gateway into colonialism and the collusion of some of Africans A bit about this on my blog Outstanding This book seems to have gone under theadar in the broader world and it shouldn t have I had seen something about it a while back and finally had the time to ead it and it is fantastic It is as The Subtitle Indicates A subtitle indicates a history That is it is a history book and one unapologetically didactic And as far as I know pretty uniueThe book consists of several parts The first is an illustrated graphic history so described in the flap copy based on the 1876 court transcript of an attempt by Abina a young West African woman in what is now Ghana was then
"termed the Gold Coast to convince important men of the court jury "the Gold Coast to convince the important men of the court jury lawyers etc that she was a free woman not enslaved It might seem to have been a simple case but it was not What the author and illustrator do emarkably well is articulate the complexity of the situation That is while slavery by then had been long ostensibly been outlawed in the British Empire of which the Gold Coast was part there had also been tacit overlooked versions of it being maintained by wealthy men who helped supply the palm oil then eagerly wanted in Europe The graphic novel part of the book is moving compelling and iveting The art is well done and artist and author have done an excellent job weaving together what they know with what they imagined about the case and Abina The author says this isn t historical fiction and I suppose it isn t a novel but he and the illustrator have had to imagine things so I m not sure what it is thenBut that isn t all The graphic story is followed by a facsimile of the transcript and. Abina and the Important Men is a compelling and powerfully illustrated graphic history based on an 1876 court transcript of a West African woman named Abina who was wrongfully enslaved and took her case to court The book is a microhistory that does much than simply depict an event in the past; it uses the power of illustration to convey important themes in world history and to eveal the processes by which history is made The story of Abina Mansah a woman without history who was wrongfully enslaved escaped to British controlled territory and then took her former master to court takes place in the complex world of the Gold Coast at the onset of late nineteenth century colonia. ,
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on a variety elevant topic such as The British Civilizing Mission Slavery in the Gold Coast and The Atlantic Slave Trade and Abolition Next comes a section titled Reading Guide that is fantastic The author unpacks the many troubling aspects comes a section titled Reading Guide that is fantastic The author unpacks the many troubling aspects attempting to consider the many aspects of the story And so he considers Whose Story is This Is this a True Story and Is This Authentic History Finally there is a section on Abina in the Classroom with different ways of using it While the focus is on college teaching it is clearly accessible to high school students too The book closes with excellent back matter including the preliminary sketches by the artist for the comicThere are many many easons to find and ead this book and to get it into the hands of teens those who teach high school world history and Not to mention it seems perfection for those needing to address Common Core issues For those interested in classroom use I ecommend exploring H Net s Abina Forum which has a number of posts elated to its use in the college classroomThe most important eason for me is that this is a smart and beautifully done attempt to bring to life one of the silenced As the author notes history is told by use of material that we have about the past and too often we don t have anything about so many because they did not leave paper trails We happen to know about Abina because someone left a transcript of her court case And because Getz made it his mission to get it out to usHighly highly HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A court case in Cape Coast in 1876 is brought to life as a graphic narrative This book is obviously meant to be used in educational institutions at all levels from high school to university I found it very interesting and challenging yet written in such a way tha. Lism Slavery becomesEssays On A Variety
A Contested Ground Ascontested ground as practices collide with an emerging wage economy and British officials turn a blind eye to the presence of underpaid domestic workers in the households of African merchants The main scenes of the story take place in the courtroom where Abina strives to convince a series of important men a British judge two Euro African attorneys a wealthy African country gentleman and a jury of local leaders that her ights matter Am I free Abina inuires Throughout both the court case and the flashbacks that dramatically depict her life in servitude these men strive to silence Abina and to impose their own understandings and meanings upon he. .
T is easy to understand A fascinating graphic history based on an 1876 court transcript of a West African woman who was enslaved escaped to British based on an 1876 court transcript of a West African woman who was enslaved escaped to British territory and took her case to court The graphic history is followed by an insightful historical context of the story a eading guide econstructing and deconstructing the methods used to interpret the story and strategies for using Abina in classroom settings of various levels A great study for world history course After eading Persepolis this month I immediately went searching for other graphic novelsI had attended a series of 3 online sessions of West African History before the 1600s delivered by Toby Green and Trevor Getz professors at UCL and San Francisco State They were of such high uality that I bought books which each of them had published Abina and the Important Men is than just a graphic novel It s a 5 part analysis of the discipline of history itself The author seeks to deconstruct Abina s tale by making the primary materials available to the eader who can form their own opinion on the veracity of the graphic content The text is also accompanied by a concise academic history of the period in uestion as well as a transparent look at the way the novel was produced This allows the eader to make a judgement on both the facts and the way the historian has interpreted them It does somewhat take away from the sense of being lost in a story But a text which aims to be this meta is bound to trade in accuracy for excitement I mean historians know their work is fascinating but others don t always see it that way The tale is limited in scope but Getz ightfully argues that it is necessary to highlight the plight of the oppressed who s voices are so often drowned out by those who write history This is a useful tool for engaging a wider audience in the historical proces. R The story seems to conclude with the short term success of the important men as Abina loses her case But it doesn't end there Abina is eventually edeemed Her testimony is uncovered in the dusty archives by Trevor Getz and through Liz Clarke's illustrations becomes a graphic history ead by people around the world In this way the eader takes an active part in the story along with the illustrator the author and Abina herself Following the graphic history in Part I Parts II V provide detailed historical context for the story a eading guide that econstructs and deconstructs the methods used to interpret the story and strategies for using Abina in various classroom settings. ,