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Published: 01 June 2015

240 Pages

7 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190238742

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Abina and the Important Men

Second Edition

Trevor R. Getz and Illustrated by Liz Clarke

Graphic History Series

Winner of the James Harvey Robinson Prize from the American Historical Association--and widely acclaimed by educators and students--Abina and the Important Men, Second Edition, 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 more than simply depict an event in the past; it uses the power of illustration to convey important themes in world history and to reveal the processes by which history is made.

New to this Edition:

  • A new gender-rich section, Part V: Engaging Abina, which explores Abina's life and narrative as a woman
  • A debate on whether or not Abina was a slave, with contributions by three award-winning scholars--Antoinette Burton, Sandra Greene, and Kwasi Konadu--each working from different perspectives
  • New, additional testimony that was rediscovered in the National Archives of Ghana, which is also reflected in the graphic history section

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