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"Alabi's World" relates the history of a nation founded by escaped slaves deep in the Latin American rain forest. It tells of the black men and women ... Show synopsis

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olyrain

Fighting for life

by olyrain on Apr 22, 2007

Honestly, I chose to review this book because it was the first one I came across in the used book store. I am so glad that I was able to read it. There was so much strife in the slave world, but seeing the strong wills and drive in the African American people was so moving. The American?s were trying so hard to suppress the black culture and watching the Blacks resist and their strong determination was what preserved their beliefs and heritage. The book starts out describing the early 18th century Dutch colony of Suriname. It was apparently the envy of all the others in America because there were 700 Europeans greedily living off the labor of over 4000 African slaves. The men who lived there were unrelenting in becoming prosperous and treated their slaves horribly. If slaves tried to escape they would be hunted by the planter militia. Common punishments would be the Achilles tendon being removed for the first attempt at escape and a leg being amputated for a second offense. What was so great about this book was watching how the slaves started to stand up for themselves and actually formed outlaw communities. The book tells the story of a nation that was founded by the escaped slaves into the rain forest in Latin America. The book is brutally honest and depicts bloody battles between slaves fighting for independence and their ?owners? fighting for free labor. The book also talks about a treaty that was formed with the colonial government and all the uneasiness that it caused. The author Richard Price presents the book with four different angles. He uses reports of the colonial officials that were sent to control the slave communities. He also has interviewed the slaves? descendants and has woven their account into the story. He used the diaries of the German Moravian missionaries that were determined to convert the ?heathen masses?. Finally Price used his own voice to bring the whole story together. Alabi is the great leader that attempts to reconcile his people with the white law and a white God. The missionaries were appalled by the idol worship that was occurring and considered it ?a foretaste of what hell must be like.?(Price) The missionaries were actually able to convert Alabi, but he was almost completely alone in his new found beliefs.

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