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People Get Ready
African American and Caribbean Cultural Exchange

By Kevin Meehan

256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, appendix, index

978-1-60473-281-8 Cloth $50.00S

978-1-61703-201-1 Paper $30.00D

978-1-60473-282-5 Ebook $30.00

Cloth, $50.00

Paper, $30.00

Ebook 978-1-60473-282-5, $30.00

An examination of the rich, long-lasting exchanges between African Americans and Caribbean peoples

Throughout this book, Kevin Meehan offers historical and theoretical readings of Caribbean and African American interaction from the 1700s to the present. By analyzing travel narratives, histories, creative collaborations, and political exchanges, he traces the development of African American/Caribbean dialogue through the lives and works of four key individuals: historian/archivist Arthur Schomburg, writer/anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, jazz poet Jayne Cortez, and theologian/politician Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

People Get Ready examines how these influential figures have reevaluated popular culture, revised the relationship between intellectuals and everyday people, and transformed practices ranging from librarianship and anthropology to poetry and broadcast journalism. This discourse, Meehan notes, is not free of contradictions, and misunderstandings arise on both sides. In addition to noting dialogues of unity, People Get Ready focuses on instances of intellectual elitism, sexism, color prejudice, imperialism, national chauvinism, and other forms of mutual disdain that continue to limit African American and Caribbean solidarity.

Kevin Meehan is associate professor of English at University of Central Florida. He has published in African American Review, American Literature, Callaloo, and elsewhere.

256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, appendix, index