Trevor R. Getz: Abina and the Important Men



BOOK Abina and the Important Men AUTHOR Trevor R. Getz – ecogenlife.org

I only skimmed and browsed this book Don t recall where I found it The graphic art is kind of average and uninteresting Light As A Feather, Cold As A Marble (Weeping Willow probably because it was meant to be serious The entire book is a work of history as it examines theersistence of slavery in the Gold Coastnow Ghana in the later 19th century I once had a conversation with a guy from Guineafarther north along the W African coast who told me that his father had slaves That was about 1998 and the guy was almost 60 so that would The Life And Times Of Rosie The Riveter put the slave owning at about 1940 Itrobably still exists in various laces even in the USA where wealthy immigrant East Indian families have been known to ossess housekeepers A court case in Cape Coast in 1876 is brought to life as a graphic narrative This book is obviously meant to be used in educational institutions at all levels from high school to university I found it very interesting and challenging yet written in such a way that is easy to understand In general I found this book to be highly accessible and fun However after having read 60 undergrad 100 level Deadly Seduction papers which involved analyzing this as both arimary and secondary source the dangers of doing history in this way became strikingly apparent Students at least mine were unable to recognize Randy Comfort Rise Again places where it should be clear that the author is inserting his interpretation of the events The most frustrating of theselaces and I think a Meet The Vampire poor choice on Getz s account comes at the end of the graphic novelortion where he has Abina state that she just wanted her story to be heard Maybe she did maybe she didn t Unfortunately I read essay after essay where students honed in on that sentiment and assumed it to be the entire reason Abina went to court Should my students be discerning and ყინულის სასახლე perceptive Yes But this repeated error demonstrates to me the inherent danger of imposing and ascribing a will where it is unknownand cannot be discerned from the historical record to historical figures and thenutting it in an accessible format and thus into the hands of individuals who do not have the skill set to spot these issues Am I being annoyingly elitist Probably However this Iktomi and the Berries present ist model of thinking that we can know theast is one of the trepidatious and easy to succumb to elements of studying history Books like these run the danger of of reinforcing these Better Policing with Microsoft Office 2007 problems rather than correcting it That stated I think Getz does a wonderful job ofroviding a historical context for Abina and the inclusion of the actual transcript was fantastically helpful I just wish he had set the book up so that it came first and not second and then Escaflowne (Escaflowne Newtype 100% Collection, 40) perhaps the students would have had an easier time seeing what was inventedimagined within an appropriate historical framework For lovers of graphic novels I would definitely add it to your collection THIS EXCELLENT BOOK is comprised of threearts The graphics the transcripts and a historicalreading guideuestions that address women s rights as well as racial ineuality A good gateway into colonialism and the collusion of some of Africans This short graphic novel shows how evil and oppression can Wild Pork and Watercress play around the scales of justice and slavery can mask itself as a legal marriage It also shows how the writing of historyossesses the Shorty power toick and erase certain Articles on Works by C. S. Lewis, Including people A fas. Abina and the Important Men is a compelling andowerfully 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 than simply depict an event in the ast; it uses the ower of illustration to convey important themes in world history and to reveal the Gaddafis Harem 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 takeslace in the complex world of the Gold Coast at the onset of late nineteenth century colonia.

Cinating graphic history based on an 1876 court transcript of a West African woman who was enslaved escaped to British controlled territory and took her case to court The graphic history is followed by an insightful historical context of the story a reading guide reconstructing and deconstructing the methods used to interpret the story and strategies for using Abina in classroom settings of various levels A great study for world history course I had never read a graphic non fiction book and I highly recommend this one as a start for others who haven t read many in this genre It was given to my by my nephew who as a curator of African Art often travels to Africa He worked on his thesis in the same library in Ghana where this story first came to light hidden for 125 years in the archives Abina was a wrongfully enslaved young woman on the West Coast of Africa in the 1870s who escaped to British territory where slavery had been outlawed she actually had the courage to take her master to court and stated her case under intimidating circumstances The book is divided into sections which make it enticing and interesting not only to the adult and young adult reader but a compelling work for the classroom as well Part I is the Graphic History of Abina which leads into Part II the Transcript Part III Historical Context Part IV Reading Guide and Part V Abina in the Classroom including a timeline and reading uestions Besides the graphic section it is also well illustrated with Maps and Figures Despite being a Graphic History this is not a light read However the Graphic History section stands alone in telling the amazing story of this courageous young woman who stood up for her rights in an era and a Puff place where the odds were stacked against her The fact that this story came to light is a tribute to scholars and librarians everywhere A bit about this on my blog Outstanding This book seems to have gone under the radar in the broader world and it shouldn t have I had seen something about it a while back and finally had the time to read it and it is fantastic It is as the subtitle indicates a graphic history That is it is a history book and one unapologetically didactic And as far as I knowretty uniueThe book consists of several Laid to Ruin (Lancelots Fall, parts The first is an illustrated graphic history so described in the flap copy based on the 1876 court transcript of an attempt by Abina a young West African woman in what is now Ghana and was then termed the Gold Coast to convince the important men of the court jury judge lawyers etc that she was a free woman not enslaved It might seem to have been a simple case but it was not What the author and illustrator do remarkably well is articulate the complexity of the situation That is while slavery by then had been long ostensibly been outlawed in the British Empire of which the Gold Coast wasart there had also been tacit overlooked versions of it being maintained by wealthy men who helped supply the Leyendas Negras palm oil then eagerly wanted in Europe The graphic novelart of the book is moving compelling and riveting The art is well done and artist and author have done an excellent job weaving together what they know with what they imagined about the case and Abina The author says this isn t historical fiction and I suppose it isn Lism Slavery becomes a contested ground as cultural The Iron Palace (Shadowed Path, practices collide with an emerging wage economy and British officials turn a blind eye to theresence of underpaid domestic workers in the households of African merchants The main scenes of the story take lace in the courtroom where Abina strives to convince a series of important men a British judge two Euro African attorneys a wealthy African country gentleman and a jury of local leaders that her rights matter Am I free Abina inuires Throughout both the court case and the flashbacks that dramatically depict her life in servitude these men strive to silence Abina and to impose their own understandings and meanings upon he.

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A novel but he and the illustrator have had to imagine things so I m not sure what it is thenBut that isn t all The graphic story is followed by a facsimile of the transcript and then a section titled Historical Context that rovides a clear series of essays on a variety of relevant topic such as The British Civilizing Mission Slavery in the Gold Coast and The Atlantic Slave Trade and Abolition Next comes a section titled Reading Guide that is fantastic The author unpacks the many troubling aspects of attempting to consider the many aspects of the story And so he considers Whose Story is This Is this a True Story and Is This Authentic History Finally there is a section on Abina in the Classroom with different ways of using it While the focus is on college teaching it is clearly accessible to high school students too The book closes with excellent back matter including the In the Cavern of the Night preliminary sketches by the artist for the comicThere are many many reasons to find and read this book and to get it into the hands of teens those who teach high school world history and Not to mention it seemserfection for those needing to address Common Core issues For those interested in classroom use I recommend exploring H Net s Abina Forum which has a number of osts related to its use in the college classroomThe most important reason for me is that this is a smart and beautifully done attempt to bring to life one of the silenced As the author notes history is told by use of material that we have about the ast and too often we don t have anything about so many because they did not leave aper trails We happen to know about Abina because someone left a transcript of her court case And because Getz made it his mission to get it out to usHighly highly HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Read this for class didn t love it It s a very creative take on history which is cool and all but it was hard not to be critical of After reading Persepolis this month I immediately went searching for other graphic novelsI had attended a series of 3 online sessions of West African History before the 1600s delivered by Toby Green and Trevor Getz rofessors at UCL and San Francisco State They were of such high uality that I bought books which each of them had The Articles of Release (The Release published Abina and the Important Men is than just a graphic novel It s a 5art analysis of the discipline of history itself The author seeks to deconstruct Abina s tale by making the The Sleepwalkers primary materials available to the reader who can form their own opinion on the veracity of the graphic content The text is also accompanied by a concise academic history of theeriod in uestion as well as a transparent look at the way the novel was Idle Ideas in 1905 produced This allows the reader to make a judgement on both the facts and the way the historian has interpreted them It does somewhat take away from the sense of being lost in a story But a text which aims to be this meta is bound to trade in accuracy for excitement I mean historians know their work is fascinating but others don t always see it that way The tale is limited in scope but Getz rightfully argues that it is necessary to highlight thelight of the oppressed who s voices are so often drowned out by those who write history This is a useful tool for engaging a wider audience in the historical Haunted Marion, Ohio process. R 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 byeople around the world In this way the reader takes an active Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, part in the story along with the illustrator the author and Abina herself Following the graphic history in Part I Parts II Vrovide 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.