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Caribbean SpacesEscapes from Twilight Zones$
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Carole Boyce Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038020

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038020.001.0001

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Escape Routes

(p.220) 13 Postscript
Caribbean Spaces

Carole Boyce Davies

University of Illinois Press

This chapter returns to the “twilight” theme but this time focusing on the logic of “escape routes.” It argues that the paradigm of the North as being the only place of freedom can be contested with the present contemporary framing of the South and the Caribbean as also carrying that significance of freedom and escape, which is the overarching theme of this book. The chapter concludes with a focus on Harriet Tubman, who identified the necessity of movement and the transgression of borders as fundamental and critical. While she is known more for her work liberating Africans from the Maryland area to points north, she also had the leading role in the Combahee River Raid in South Carolina, liberating about eight hundred Africans in 1863 during the Civil War.

Keywords:   Caribbean culture, twilight, escape routes, freedom, Harriet Tubman

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