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The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo – The Forgotten History of America's Dutch-Owned Slaves - University Press of Mississippi
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The Pinkster King and the King of Kongo: The Forgotten History of America's Dutch-Owned Slaves

Jeroen Dewulf


This book presents the history of the nation’s forgotten Dutch slave community and free Dutch-speaking African-Americans from seventeenth-century New Amsterdam to nineteenth-century New York and New Jersey. It also develops a provocative new interpretation of one of America’s most intriguing black folkloric traditions, Pinkster. Dewulf rejects the traditional interpretation of this celebration of a “slave king” as a form of carnival. Instead, he shows that it is a ritual rooted in mutual aid and slave brotherhood traditions. By placing Pinkster in an Atlantic context, Dewulf identifies strikin ... More

Keywords: Atlantic history, Transatlantic slave trade, African American culture, Dutch New York, Folklore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496808813
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeroen Dewulf, author
University of California, Berkeley