Abina and the Important Men

Author: Trevor R. Getz
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780190238742
Release Date: 2015-06-01
Genre: Sex crimes

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. 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 colonialism. Slavery becomes a contested ground, as cultural 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, and a jury of local leaders--that her experiences and perceptions matter. "Am I free?" Abina inquires. Throughout both the court case and the flashbacks that dramatically depict her life in servitude, both the defendants and members of the court strive to "silence" Abina and to impose their own understandings and meanings upon her. 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 redeemed. Her testimony is uncovered in the dusty archives by Trevor Getz and, through Liz Clarke's illustrations, becomes a graphic history read by people around the world. In this way, the reader 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 reading guide that reconstructs and deconstructs the methods used to interpret the story, and strategies for using Abina in various classroom settings. This second edition features a new gender-rich section, Part V: Engaging Abina, which explores Abina's life and narrative as a woman. Focusing on such important themes as the relationship between slavery and gender in pre-colonial Akan society, the role of marriage in Abina's experience, colonial paternalism, and the meaning of cloth and beads in her story, this section also includes 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. The second edition includes new, additional testimony that was rediscovered in the National Archives of Ghana, which is also reflected in the graphic history section.

Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom

Author: Carrye Kay Syma
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786459131
Release Date: 2013-06-10
Genre: Literary Criticism

Sequential art combines the visual and the narrative in a way that readers have to interpret the images with the writing. Comics make a good fit with education because students are using a format that provides active engagement. This collection of essays is a wide-ranging look at current practices using comics and graphic novels in educational settings, from elementary schools through college. The contributors cover history, gender, the use of specific graphic novels, practical application and educational theory.

The Long Nineteenth Century 1750 1914

Author: Trevor R. Getz
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781474270540
Release Date: 2018-10-04
Genre: History

The Long Nineteenth Century, 1750-1914 is a global history textbook with a difference. It is a guide for students to the actions and experiences by which communities and individuals in different parts of the world constructed, contested, and were affected by major trends and events in the global past. The book explores the global history of the 19th century holistically. Its content is framed in chapters that tackle themes rather than geographic regions or chronological sub-divisions. Moreover, in order to connect human experiences and perspectives with global trends and events, each chapter – whether it focuses on politics or religion, economics or environment – is underpinned by an approach emphasizes social and cultural history. Through its pages, students critically encounter important global trends and key events from the Industrial Revolution to the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. The book ends with an epilogue on the First World War that brings all of the themes of the volume together in one place and also provides a segue into the mid-20th century.

Mendoza the Jew

Author: Ronald Schechter
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: UCSD:31822040891673
Release Date: 2014
Genre: History

Mendoza the Jew combines a graphic history with primary documentation and contextual information to explore issues of nationalism, identity, culture, and historical methodology through the life story of Daniel Mendoza. Mendoza was a poor Sephardic Jew from East London who became the boxing champion of Britain in 1789. As a Jew with limited means and a foreign-sounding name, Mendoza was an unlikely symbol of what many Britons considered to be their very own "national" sport.

Zombie Wars

Author: Aleksandar Hemon
Publisher: Albrecht Knaus Verlag
ISBN: 9783641179236
Release Date: 2016-02-29
Genre: Fiction

„Hemon kann einfach keinen langweiligen Satz schreiben.“ The New York Times Book Review Chicago 2003. Joshua Levin, wohlstandsverwöhntes Kind einer orientierungslosen Generation, lässt sich durch seine Mittdreißiger treiben. Seine einzige Leidenschaft gilt dem Drehbuchschreiben. Mit einer Persiflage auf die Trashkultur und Allmachtsfantasien Amerikas, das sich gerade auf eine weitere Invasion des Irak vorbereitet, will er den Durchbruch schaffen. Doch gerade, als ihn die Inspiration zu einer vielversprechenden Skriptidee ereilt – „Zombie Wars“ – gerät sein Leben aus den Fugen: Nicht nur sein kriegstraumatisierter Vermieter, sondern auch ein eifersüchtiger Ehemann haben es plötzlich auf ihn abgesehen. Joshua hat alle Hände voll zu tun, um seinen Hals zu retten – und wird zu einem Antihelden, wie er ihn selbst nicht hätte besser erfinden können. In seinem neuen turbulenten Roman dringt Aleksandar Hemon tief in die Seele seiner Wahlheimat Amerika und hält ihr provokant und erzählerisch brillant den Spiegel vor.

Illegal Die Geschichte einer Flucht

Author: Eoin Colfer
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644404137
Release Date: 2018-06-26
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Ebo ist ganz allein. Seine Schwester ist schon seit Monaten fort. Nun ist auch sein Bruder verschwunden und hat sich auf die gefährliche Reise nach Europa gemacht. Ebos langer Weg führt ihn durch die Sahara in die bedrohlichen Straßen von Tripolis und schließlich hinaus aufs endlose Meer. Doch mit jedem Schritt wächst Ebos Hoffnung auf eine bessere Zukunft. Eine eindrückliche und aktuelle Geschichte, einfühlsam erzählt vom Team der Bestseller-Comics von «Artemis Fowl».