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By Andrew Zimmerman

In 1901, the Tuskegee Institute, based by means of Booker T. Washington, despatched an excursion to the German colony of Togo in West Africa, with the aim of remodeling the quarter right into a cotton economic climate 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 exercise, and the commercial, political, and highbrow hyperlinks connecting Germany, Africa, and the southern usa. The cross-fertilization of histories and practices resulted in the emergence of an international South, reproduced social inequities on either side of the Atlantic, and driven the yankee South and the German Empire to the leading edge of recent colonialism.

Zimmerman indicates how the folk of Togo, instead of serving as a clean slate for American and German ideologies, assisted in shaping their region's position within the worldwide South. He appears to be like on the types of resistance pioneered through African American freedpeople, Polish migrant workers, African cotton cultivators, and different teams exploited by means of, yet by no means passive sufferers of, the growing to be colonial political financial system. Zimmerman reconstructs the social technological know-how of the worldwide South formulated by means of such thinkers as Max Weber and W.E.B. Du Bois, and divulges how their theories proceed to outline modern race, category, and culture.

monitoring the intertwined histories of Europe, Africa, and the Americas on the flip of the century, Alabama in Africa indicates how the politics and economics of the segregated American South considerably reshaped different parts of the world.

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