African Americans and Africa: A New History

African Americans and Africa: A New History

by Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden

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Overview

An introduction to the complex relationship between African Americans and the African continent
 
What is an “African American” and how does this identity relate to the African continent? Rising immigration levels, globalization, and the United States’ first African American president have all sparked new dialogue around the question. This book provides an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and Africa from the era of slavery to the present, mapping several overlapping diasporas. The diversity of African American identities through relationships with region, ethnicity, slavery, and immigration are all examined to investigate questions fundamental to the study of African American history and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300198669
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 314,343
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nemata Amelia Ibitayo Blyden is associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: "I'm not African. I'm American." 1

1 "What is Africa to me?" 14

2 "I tried to keep their voices in my head" 33

3 "We, the African Members, form ourselves into a Society" 57

4 "It is the will of GOD for you to come into the possessions of your ancestors" 80

5 "Africa is their country. They should claim it." 113

6 "My Africa, Motherland of the Negro peoples!" 145

7 "I wanted to see this Africa" 174

Epilogue: "We have this special bond. We share a common loss." 202

Notes 211

Bibliography 245

Index 255

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