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  • Princeton University Press (2011)
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  • By Oliver J Dilworth on February 13, 2014

    Very informative and definitely a great read. Quite enlightening. I have recommended this book to my close associates. This should be required reading for all African American youths.

  • By Deirdre H Dziadkowiec on June 27, 2014

    Excellent read and great historical record. Africans are the original human beings and Im glad she is part of the human story in writing!!

  • By Jae on March 18, 2016

    I just wish I could have bought a digital version - I don't care for physical books because I like to have 5 - 7 with me at all times.

  • By Elissa Ellaird on February 17, 2013

    Great book would definitely recommend this to friends and family to read. I have enjoyed the parts that i have read

  • By Guest on September 22, 2015

    Excellent condition

  • By LJ on March 18, 2013

    book came as described, having began reading it yet but am super excited to dive in! highly recommend purchasing from this user.

  • By MUSIC LOVER on April 21, 2013

    Sorry, but this woman like any women of her generation was slaved into this practice. Was mistreated and taken advantage of. Yes, she had nice shape but a far cry for anyone to be calling her Hottentot Venus when clearly this woman was ridiculed yet forced into this without any comprehension of what was going on around her. Yet, given misinform interviews of what assumed when not being certain of the facts. Not to mention, it was a bit difficult to read.

  • By Andrew S. Fleming on May 19, 2009

    The story of Sara Baartman is at first seen as quite a cut-and-dry story, involving the exploitation and restraint over a southern African woman around the turn of the 19th century, showcased around Europe as a specimen of the "lower" forms of human kind at the tip of Africa, and touted as the possible link between humans and other animals by scientists. Her life has been used in many contexts since her death, and has most recently stood in the limelight, upon her return to South Africa from Parisian museums, as a glaring symbol of the colonial oppression associated with the late 18th and 19th centuries. What Crais and Scully vividly portray, however, is that Sara Baartman's history is anything but a cut-and-dry account. By extensively surveying primary and secondary sources from across the world, Crais and Scully not only explain the life of Sara Baartman, but also take the reader on a side-by-side voyage with Sara as she went from the rural areas of South Africa to the growing colonial outpost of Cape Town, and then all the way to the metropoles of London and Paris. The book drives home the point the interpretive values held within the field of history, as well as the frequent lack of self-power and choice given posthumously to historical figures. By empowering Sara Baartman, and returning her voice to her after centuries of only others speaking on her behalf, Crais and Scully guide the reader through a questioning of otherwise-assumed historical fact and exploration of the different themes underlying a very prominent character in world history.This book serves as a wonderful insight into the topics of world history, scientific research, and gender studies. The writing style and storyline superbly captures the continued attention and fascination of the reader, and offers a welcomed change to a field typically inundated with dry, solely analytical role. Crais and Scully's book actively energises the life of Sara Baartman and her role in it, and takes the reader on a trip around a world of the not-so-distant past.


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