Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History

by Trevor R. Getz

Other authorsLiz Clarke (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2011

Status

Available

Publication

Oxford University Press, (2011)

Description

This is an 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 main scenes of the story take place 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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Sullywriter
A fascinating "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.

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LibraryThing member barrettlucero
This is a wonderful read - history through a graphic novella (and a woman's perspective, no less) with the process for coming up with that representation in thoughtful written sections behind the novella.

Language

Original language

English

Barcode

10520
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