We Slaves of Suriname
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We Slaves of Suriname

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We Slaves of Suriname is an original history of the barbaric formation of the Dutch colony in South America. It is the life's work of Anton De Kom, the son of a slave who became a tireless resistance fighter and communist activist, even during the German occupation of the Netherlands in 1940. In his defiant account, De Kom translates his personal anger at the situation into beautiful, passionate history and call-to-arms. A classic account of decolonial history, We Slaves of Suriname reveals the experience of the oppressed across the Caribbean and adds to our understanding of struggles against slavery, imperialism and racism. First published in Dutch in 1934, and then translated into German and Spanish, the book now finally sees its English translation at a time when the people of Suriname are still struggling against the vestiges of colonialism.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 15mm | 227g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745336671
  • 9780745336671

About Anton De Kom

Cornelis Gerard Anton de Kom was a Surinamese resistance fighter. His only book, We Slaves of Suriname, made him a prominent anti-colonialist author. He was part of the Dutch resistance and the Communist Party in The Hague after the German occupation of the Netherlands in 1940. He died after being sent to a German concentration camp in 1945. Antonio Carmona Baez is a lecturer in Political and Social Science at the University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon and has taught International Relations and International Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Karwan Fatah-Black lectures at Leiden University on historical globalisation from the early modern period to the present. His specialism is the early modern history of European colonialisation, trade and enslavement overseas.show more

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Sranan, Our Fatherland 2. The Age of Slavery 3. The Abolition of Slavery 4. Reunion and Farewell Notes Indexshow more

Review quote

This anticolonial gem reveals in detail the extraordinary cruelty of the slavery system in Suriname, with an attention to gender which was way ahead of de Kom's time. -- Dr. Philomena Essed, Professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies, Antioch University Anton de Kom's We Slaves of Suriname is an epic account of the history of slavery, wage labor, and resistance in his beloved homeland. This lively English translation captures beautifully the passion of de Kom's anti-colonial and communist ideals from the early 1930s and his courageous political activism. His moving call for unity among peoples against exploitation and racism speaks powerfully to the predicaments of our own time. -- Natalie Zemon Davis, Professor of History, University of Torontoshow more

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