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The American South and the Atlantic World$
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Brian Ward, Martyn Bone, and William A. Link

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044378

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044378.001.0001

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Princess Laura Kofey and the Reverse Atlantic Experience

Princess Laura Kofey and the Reverse Atlantic Experience

(p.218) 10 Princess Laura Kofey and the Reverse Atlantic Experience
The American South and the Atlantic World

Natanya Keisha Duncan

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the rise and tragic fall of the Ghanaian-born Garveyite Princess Laura Kofey and her political, economic, and cultural activities on behalf of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in interwar Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana. The chapter reveals the special place that the American South and its African American population occupied in Kofey’s plans for greater commercial ties between Africans and African Americans and, ultimately, for repatriation. By noting the regional, gender, class, religious, and racial dimensions of Kofey’s transatlantic experiences, the chapter adds nuance to our appreciation of how the Black Atlantic functioned and how diasporic identities were constructed.

Keywords:   US South, Atlantic World, Black Atlantic, Princess Laura Kofey, Garveyism, Universal Negro Improvement Association, Ghana, religion, diaspora

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