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Von Tuskegee nach Togo. Das Problem der Freiheit im Reich der Baumwolle

Sven Beckert
Geschichte und Gesellschaft
31. Jahrg., H. 4, Globalisierungen (Oct. - Dec., 2005), pp. 505-545
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40186209
Page Count: 41
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Abstract

Cotton was central to the economy, culture, and politics of the United States and the western world throughout the long nineteenth Century. "From Togo to Tuskegee" explores how cotton linked the United States to the world and vice versa by telling a most unlikely story that took place in the first years of the twentieth century. In 1901, a group of four cotton experts chosen by Booker T. Washington traveled from Tuskegee to the German colony of Togo, where German textile industrialists and the colonial government wanted them to teach American agricultural techniques to local peasants. By detailing the tense relationship between German colonialists, African American cotton experts and Ewe farmers, the article throws light on the changing nature of world cotton production after emancipation in the United States, and the emergence of new ideas and identities about Africa, Africans and people of African heritage in a transnational space.

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