• Category: History
  • Words: 514
  • Grade: 100

To acknowledge a culture of diverse proportions, as depicted with slavery in the eighteenth century, many different variables were taken and incorporated into a distant module of freedom for the enslaved. To analyze New World black culture, is to contrast and compare. This mission has been taken forth by many sources of intellectual presence. Though the acknowledgement of numerous factors helps to uncover remnant culture of the enslaved, it also reveals sources of insurrection and "reinterpretation". These issues are addressed in various ways by Michael A. Gomez author of "Exchanging our Country Marks" and Sidney W. Mintz and Richard Price authors of "The Birth of African-American Culture". Their reflecting views offer insight to the depth of this argument.
In, "Exchanging our Country Marks" by Michael A. Gomez he states the point of the general procedure of which the native African conformed to the existing culture of the New World. His theory elaborates further that the Africans made conscious decisions for the basis of culture. In his framework of acculturation Africans rather than keeping their previous intact rituals and traditions made decisions to improve upon them as well as partake of other cultures, in a diverse mixture of change. His theory also suggests that numerous questions should be raised pertaining to the specific location to which the slaves where imported into and why. This theory relegates the issue of the unifying whole of Africa, thereby stating more relevance to location and specific importation rather than the values of individual black slaves. It involves intense views of ratios: men to women, region origin, destinations and the importance of these factors.
Sidney W. Mintz and Richard Price acknowledge that there are underlying principles that govern the general sense of African culture (broad culture area). That African culture can be linked together by some sort of origin that interrelates Africa. This consensus shares possibilities of abstract principles which may be widespread about the region; therefore negating the more specific theory of Gomez. This articulation of views hints more to a focus of a general derived culture; furthermore, projecting the image of one collective culture. This correlation of opinions are consistent with a supreme beginning of one culture together and absolute.
In one case or the other the existence of a culture can at no point be specifically narrowed down to an individual location. It (culture) is collective and elastic. The processions of the two mentioned writers measure just a minimal standard by which to interpret New World black culture. Mintz and Price has the more suggestible focus of a broad culture area and underlying beliefs. This hypothesis of New World black culture is the most articulate view. It results in the process of a selective agenda of wholeness and persuades the reader to a general belief of a unified existence. It more relies on the presence of an entire existence as the impact on the New World black community. The continued existence of these cultures and there ability to have relative related features and underlying beliefs is relevant to the balance of New World black culture.

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