The first chapter should be required reading for new graduate students of African history to demonstrate the advantages and challenges of the uses of linguistic sources and their relationship to oral accounts and European written documentation. Deep Roots may not be a general overview of rice farming and the slave trade that one might expect from the title, but it is a trailblazing work in its innovative amalgamation of archaeological, linguistic, and written source materials.
Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora Jeremy Rich The International Journal of African Historical Studies; 2009; 42, 2; Docstoc pg. 291 Reproduced with p
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