Congratulations to Professor Herman Bennett!

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) has selected African Kings and Black Slaves: Sovereignty and Dispossession in the Early Modern Atlantic (Penn Press: 2018) as one of The Best Black History Books of 2018:


African Kings and Black Slaves is an important new book that sheds new light on the first century of African-European interaction. Bennett does an excellent job of centering the histories of African-descended people in West-Central Africa as well as in the Americas. His work compellingly argues for the need to recuperate African sovereignty in order to change scholarly and popular understandings of sub-Saharan African polities and political formation.–Nicholas Jones

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