After years of watching colleagues fly to Paris, Johannesburg, Beijing, or Bogota for research trips and speaking engagements, I decided to apply for a posting abroad. Holding only the vaguest and most stereotyped visions, I chose the Netherlands. My application stressed, perhaps impolitely, the direct Dutch involvement in the slave trade and their indirect connection to South African apartheid. Such commonalities with white southerners, I suggested, might serve as the basis for interesting discussions of race and region.
Copyright © 1998 University of North Carolina Press. This article first appeared in Southern Cultures 4:4 (1998), 45-49.
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Ayers, Edward L. "When the North is the South: Life in the Netherlands." Southern Cultures, 4, no.4 (Winter 1998): 45-49.