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 remodeling the zone right into a cotton financial 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 recreation, 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 an international South, reproduced social inequities on each side of the Atlantic, and driven the yankee South and the German Empire to the leading edge of contemporary colonialism.

Zimmerman indicates how the folks of Togo, instead of serving as a clean slate for American and German ideologies, contributed to shaping their region's position within the international South. He appears to be like on the different types of resistance pioneered by way of 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 economic system. Zimmerman reconstructs the social technology of the worldwide South formulated through such thinkers as Max Weber and W.E.B. Du Bois, and divulges how their theories proceed to outline modern race, type, 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 components of the world.

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