Since the Middle Passage, Black Americans have perpetually migrated on local and global scales to escape social alienation, dispossession, and certain death. Grounded in ethnographic, historical, literary, and filmic analyses, Afro-Atlantic Flight is a study of Black American cultural producers, travelers, and historical preservationists who elect to journey toward imagined “Africas” in the post-1965 moment to satiate their longings for freedom and origins through their works as well as in their roots tourism in and actual permanent migrations throughout the Afro-Atlantic, particularly in Ghana, Northeast Brazil, and the U.S. South. Along the coastlines of these sites sit physical remnants of major embarkation points from which human cargo were distributed during the slavetrade. These artifacts, coupled with myriad other vestiges and cultural elements throughout each region, have become prominent attractions, drawing thousands of Black American travelers each year. This book offers significant reflections on Black American “flight” concerning the location of Africa, the possibilities for diasporan return, and the significance of refiguring and democratizing master narratives about slavery. It argues for the taking up of speculation not only as a liberating modality through which an individual can truly live otherwise, but also as a radical tool of analysis to properly address the contemporary resonances of slavery that exist across the Afro-Atlantic.

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