A lamentation of slavery's legacy
Saidiya Hartman tells of her journey to Ghana to reckon with the lives undone by slavery in Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route. Michelle Commander, University of Tennessee Assistant Professor of English and Africana, discusses the book in this podcast. "Lose Your Mother traces transatlantic slavery’s continued impact on the author and Black Americans in general," Commander says. "The institution of slavery is often described as the United States’ original sin, as it set the stage for what followed, including lynching, Jim Crow legislation, the denial of full citizenship rights to Black Americans, and other race-related injustices. By visiting and researching at the vestiges of slavery that exist on Ghana’s coastline, Hartman catalogs the history of dispossession and loss experienced by enslaved Black people and their descendants."