Drayton Hall » Black Rice
Harvard University Press

Black Rice


A vivid interpretation of rice and slaves in the Atlantic world, Black Rice reveals how racism has shaped our historical memory and neglected a critical African contribution to the making of the Americas.  The belief that Europeans first introduced rice to West Africa and then brought the knowledge of its cultivation to the Americas is a fundamental fallacy, Carney reveals, one that succeeds in effacing the true origins of the crop and the role of Africans and African-American slaves in transferring the seed, the cultivation skills, and the cultural practices necessary for establishing rice in the New World.
  • Author: Judith A. Carney
  • Paperback
  • 256 pages


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