The United States and Africa: A History / Edition 1

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Overview

Tracing the reciprocal relationship between Africa and North America from the seventeenth-century slave trade onwards, two leading authorities in the field provide a major revision to traditional colonial African history as well as to US history. Departing from prior accounts that tended to emphasise only the role of the colonial metropoles in developing Africa, the authors show how American pioneers - missionaries, traders, prospectors, miners, engineers, scientists, and others - have helped to shape Africa. They also point to the equally important impact made by Africa on the United States through trade and immigration, and through the influence of Africans on the arts and agriculture, among other facets of American life. In a study of exceptionally broad scope, the authors devote particular attention to the development of United States policy regarding Africa, the impact of private enterprise, the operation of governmental lobbies, the administration of foreign aid, and the involvement of Africa in the Cold War.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521335713
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations and maps; Preface; Part I. The Slave Trade: 1. The transatlantic slave trade: an overview; 2. The legal slave trade in North America; 3. Ending the slave trade; 4. The U.S. Navy and the antislavery campaign; 5. The effects of the slave trade; Part II. Commerce, Christianity, and Colonization Societies Up To 1865: 6. American traders and whalers; 7. Missionaries and colonization societies; 8. Explorers and frontiersmen; Part III. The United States and Africa, 1865-1900: 9. The vanishing flag; 10. Liberia: the lamb and the wolves; 11. Bula Matari and the Congo; 12. Neutrality and philanthropy; 13. Traders, explorers, and soldiers of misfortune; 14. Miners and adventurers; 15. Capitalists and missionaries; Part IV. The United States and Africa, 1900-1939: 16. Official America; 17. Private interest groups; 18. Preachers and teachers in Africa; 19. Black nationalism and the search for an African past; Part V. The United States in Africa, 1939-1983: 20. Africa between East and West; 21. Economic activities: the private sector; 22. Economic activities: the public sector; 23. American interests in Africa, 1945-1983; 24. Americans in Africa, and Africans in America; Appendixes; Notes; Selected bibliography; Index.

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